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Historical Research (Economic and Social History) MSc

Historical Research (Economic and Social History) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Historical Research Economics Social History

Course type


Course Summary

This specialist Master's degree in history is designed specifically as training for the 1+3 funded PhD studentships in the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. It will give you the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills you need to undertake historical research, particularly statistical analysis, at an advanced level, professionally or for doctoral research.

The programme will equip you with an awareness of contemporary historical practice and an understanding of the methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of historical documents and other primary and secondary source material.


Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.


Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education, or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, archivist, or journalist. This degree will also provide graduates with the skills to undertake historical research at PhD level as well as professionally and independently. It may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, museum education officer, or Civil Service administrator.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course introduces you to quantitative research methods, through hands-on experience using R computer software. You are introduced to survey methodology and experimental research designs and conduct your own projects using quantitative data. The first five weeks of the intermediate course will be spent refreshing the material covered in the introductory course, such as sampling, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and OLS regression. The course will then move on to consider more advanced techniques such as logistic regression, time series analysis, the study of panel data and multi-level modelling (the precise combination will vary from year to year). Entry onto this course is restricted to students who successfully complete a short test of basic maths and statistics skills.
Research Dissertation (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Second-class honours degree in a humanities or social sciences subject and references.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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