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.
Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.
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.
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.
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Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
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.
"My course has enabled me to study a wide range of core topics whilst also specialising in my favoured area. I feel that I have a more in-depth and rounded knowledge – the skills that I have gained have put me in a good position for a diverse range of careers."