The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions.
The Master's of Research (MRes) is designed - to enable students to become well-trained historians and - to demonstrate their fitness to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas. Both are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training, under supervision.
There are four variants of the MRes in Historical Research: - MRes in Historical Research: The American Revolutionary Era - MRes in Historial Research: Medieval Scottish History - MRes in Historical Research: Environmental History - MRes in HIstorical Research: Modern European History and Politics
Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs.
The MRes programme and all constituent modules are constructed in line with the University's academic procedures and are fully assessed and externally examined. The programme is recognised by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council both of whom have given PhD awards to outstanding Stirling graduates of the MRes.
- Degree type: MRes - Study methods: Part-time, Full-time - Duration: Full-time: 12 months Part-time: 24 months - Start date: September - Course Director: Dr Jim Smyth
This programme prepares you for further research: - to co-ordinate the provision of additional or external skills training and to develop the application of research skills - students will obtain practical experience of devising and applying a research method to interrogate primary sources - qualitative and quantitative analyses - the application of IT in information retrieval, especially bibliographical database software, - communication skills, written and oral - project design involving the conceptualisation of research questions and the presentation of data and data analysis
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: - IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill - Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B - Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component - IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20
The MRes has been designed with three career destinations in mind: - to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level - as a route to an academic career - as a higher degree in its own right
The MRes will also enhance continuing professional development, particularly in teaching, journalism, marketing, and heritage management through in-depth study of particular fields; by aiming to develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the programme provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors. Most of our graduates go on to study for a PhD either by continuing at Stirling or at another University in the UK, Europe or North America. Recent graduates have secured posts in firms and institutions as varied as Historic Scotland, Sea World, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Chances to expand your horizons There is a lively series of guest lectures which students can attend on this programme.
Where are our graduates now? The MRes has been designed with three career destinations in mind: - to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level and as a route to an academic career - as a higher degree in its own right - to enhance continuing professional development, particularly in teaching, journalism, marketing, and heritage management through in-depth study of particular fields; by aiming to develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the programme provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors
Skills you can develop through this programme - command of a substantial body of historical knowledge - understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the context of the past - read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically - appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities - recognise there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity - reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline - marshall an argument, be self-disciplined and independent intellectually - express themselves orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency - gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information - analyse and solve problems - use effectively ICT, information retrieval and presentation skills - exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative - work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views - show empathy and imaginative insight - prepare for further academic research such as a Phd
In addition, our students have the opportunity to further develop their transferable skills through voluntary internships working on collections of material held within the Division (The Scottish Political Archive and the University's own archive (e.g. UNESCO recognised Royal Scottish National Institution for mentally disabled children).