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Full time & Part time October MA, Research Only, MRes One year full time, two years part time

About the course

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for students who are looking to pursue master's study, focusing on research skills and theoretical approaches to history. This programme provides an ideal platform for entry to a PhD programme and research-based careers such as library and information sciences. The 30,000-word dissertation of the MRes allows students to undertake more in-depth research on a subject of their choosing.

What does this course cover?

Students undertake both assessed work and independent research in the historical issues and controversies that interest them most. The core of both programmes consists of dedicated research skills training on a wide range of sources, methods and disciplines, including architecture, material culture, archaeology and literature. Field trips

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered

Course Content

Where is University of London, School of Advanced Study

Student Profile(s)

Tracey Logan

I work as a freelance science reporter but in my spare time got involved in a community history project and discovered a fascination with archives and the thrill of the chase for a lost map. Having found the map and published a short article on it, I knew I wanted to keep digging for buried historical treasures and telling the world about them.

Also, I realized that much of my journalism had a historical flavour. So, for career development and personal interest, I ended up on the IHR’s MRes in Historical Research. I could never have predicted how valuable it would be. It gave me a solid grounding in historical methods and the dissertation supervision was everything I could have hoped for, and more besides.

And I had the chance to present a paper to a postgraduate history conference and start to experience being part of a community of historians. It has truly been one of the most amazing things I have done in my life. I have found a new confidence and new insights at work and started me on a career development path I could never have imagined in a million years.

Sadly it has not completely cured me of hyperbole but I feel that in this context it is warranted. I am currently applying to do a PhD in Urban History.

Janette Bright

"For me personally, this has been a life-changing course. Equally rewarding and challenging, it was one of the best decisions in my life to study for an MRes at the Institute of Historical Research.

All the staff have been helpful and encouraging - it was one of the first things I noticed when I arrived. I was particularly pleased with the support received for my final dissertation - from a very knowledgeable and approachable supervisor.

I am pleased to say that I will be continuing my studies at the institute, having successfully applied for a PhD"

Yvette Williams Elliott

“The course was such a happy experience for me. It met all my expectations, and has provided me with the tools I need to take my history research to the next level. I found it both thorough and rigorous, it offered the ideal combination of challenge and support that I needed to develop as a historian”


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