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.

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.

The core of the degree will be your 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. You will have the opportunity to identify a potential supervisor from within the School based on the specific interests and expertise of our staff.

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.
Key Facts
Start date
October each year

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5382

Course enquiries
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Why Leicester?

The School of History is home to two highly regarded postgraduate research centres, the Centre for English Local History and the Centre for Urban History, which deliver our specialist MAs.

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

The School is 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.

Course Structure

  • Semester 1

    Core module

    Option modules

    Choose one option module from:

    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.

  • Semester 2

    Option modules

    Choose one option module from:

    • Literature Review
    • Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent
    • Political Leadership in Twentieth-Century Britain
    • Patients and Practitioners: Responding to Illness in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1750
    • Social Theory
    • White Supremacy: Rhetoric and Reality in the USA

    Plus your dissertation

    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.


Teaching and Assessment

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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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 will be considered on their merits.

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

  • Starting in 2016

    • £7,500
  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

Career Opportunities

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 a postgraduate student in the school, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
History MRes 1 year full-time October Apply Now
History MRes 2 years part-time October Apply Now
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