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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Historical Research

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes is an integrated research training programme designed to provide graduates with a foundation for a range of careers in research in industry, the public sector or in academic life. It provides an ideal platform for entry to a PhD programme. Its purpose is to offer high quality postgraduate training in the methods and practice of research and relevant transferable skills.

The MRes in Historical Research is a taught and research-based programme, focusing on historical methodologies, approaches to history and research practices. Available full- or part-time, the MRes combines seminar courses with a 30,000-word dissertation on a subject of the student's choosing.

The MRes provides an ideal platform for entry to a PhD programme or to further research projects.

The MRes programme aims to:

i) Give a detailed understanding of educational research methodologies and the theoretical/methodological issues/assumptions they entail;

ii) Develop skills in research design, methods of enquiry, data analysis and other analytical strategies;

iii) Develop an understanding of the issues involved in effective communication of research findings including:

critical appreciation of the research process relevant to advanced research in the individual’s field of study
extensive understanding of research methodology relevant to individual field of study
capacity to independently design and undertake a substantial research project
awareness of the specialist research methodologies appropriate to their research project
ability to select and provide a rationale for the selection of particular methodological approaches.

Different course options

Full time | Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module focuses on providing students with practical historical skills and an understanding of different historical approaches and methods. It offers students an introduction to the theoretical basis of historical approaches and the opportunity to explore how related disciplines (such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology and political science) have helped historians adopt new approaches to the past. Methodological approaches, including the handling of material evidence, the use of digital techniques, and the interpretation of visual sources, are also be studied. This module is assessed by a 5,000-word essay. As part of this module, students are also required to take one of the IHR's short training courses. This is assessed by a 1,500-word report.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a First-class or upper second-class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants with relevant experience and skills may also be considered.