History MRes, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to develop advanced skills in historical research methods and apply these to an extended piece of independent research.


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Course description

Course description

The MRes in History will provide you with an excellent opportunity to develop your research skills and complete an extended research project. You will acquire advanced skills in historical research methods in the first semester of our course which will prepare you for your extended dissertation.

Before you begin this course, you will have the opportunity to identify a potential supervisor from within the department based on the specific interests and expertise of our staff.The core of the degree will be an extended piece of research in which you will pursue a major independent research project of your own choosing. This gives you the flexibility to shape your own course and produce a piece of written work to a standard that might form the basis of a publication.

The course will equip you with the skills needed for historical research at doctoral level. You will also have the opportunity to develop your competence in communication, self-management and planning which will enhance your attractiveness to potential employers.

This course can be studied part-time over two years.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in history or another relevant discipline.

We also welcome applicants who can supply evidence of substantial alternative research training and experience.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

  • £7,835

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Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

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Starting in September 2019

  • £16,100

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our MRes in History will offer you a very strong competitive advantage and career choices and your future salary can be considerably enhanced by postgraduate qualifications.

A postgraduate degree in history provides you with a wide range of skills including:

  • critical analysis of textual, visual, and material evidence
  • statistical analysis and database design
  • advanced written and oral presentation skills
  • time management and independent working on a large-scale research project

As an MRes student in the department, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences and get involved with the intellectual community of historians at Leicester.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

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Course structure

Why Leicester?

History at Leicester is home to three highly regarded postgraduate research centres - the Centre for English Local History, the Centre for Urban History and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies - which deliver our specialist pathway MAs.

We are home to the hugely popular and successful New History Lab. The lab was set up by postgraduates for postgraduates to provide an interactive forum to discuss history and share ideas.

We have dedicated postgraduate facilities, including audio suites, a map room, and specialist libraries covering local and urban history.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught the Historical Research Methods module through a combination of seminars and workshops. You will work closely with your research supervisor on the Literature Review and Dissertation modules. Other modules involve you taking part in seminars, workshops and carrying out directed reading. All taught modules are assessed by coursework. The dissertation will consist of a maximum of 30,000 words.

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