The MA in Historical Research at the Institute of Historical Research (http://www.history.ac.uk/
) is tailored to individual research interests. It allows students to undertake assessed work and independent projects in the issues and controversies which interest them most. Students are introduced to key historical approaches, sources and methods and learn to apply them to their particular subject area. The course offers wide-ranging research training, and importance is placed on the use of architecture, material culture, archaeology and literature to aid historical research and understanding. Field trips and museum visits form a key part of the training programme.
The MA will appeal to anyone wishing to develop a broad range of transferable historical skills and those seeking a professional career in the historical profession. It represents excellent preparation for future PhD research.
The MA is taught by staff at two of the United Kingdom's leading research centres, the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History both are based within the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), where students can draw on wealth of expertise in urban and metropolitan history as well as unrivalled library and other resources for the study of the history of London and of other cities. Students join a thriving and lively community of students, researchers and teachers at the IHR and take full advantage of the facilities and resources of the central University, as well as the nearby British Library, the Museum of London and other important national centres.
Credit value: 180
Module 1: Historical Training: Methods and Approaches to Historical Research
Module 2: History in Context: Cities, States and Localities in History
The special project is an original extended assignment based around the individual student’s particular area of interest. It requires students to show that they can analyse primary source material in an effective and convincing way and place it in context to throw new light on a specific historical problem or controversy. The project may focus on a particular historical event or how a particular cultural activity (such as an exhibition, film or play) has interpreted such an event. Students will not be required to attend formal weekly classes but they will attend group discussions on the practical application of historical methods and at least four supervisory sessions
Dissertation of 15,000 words
Students are also required to undertake a short (unassessed) research training course.
Module 1 is assessed by two 2,500 word written exercises, one of which may have an oral component. Module 2 is assessed through one 5,000-word assignment and presentations based on the topics covered by the module. The special project is assessed by a 5,000 word report. Students write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, agreed with the Course Director, and submit it by 30 September.
Mode of study
12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.
The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.