Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History

This Master's degree in history will equip you with the advanced historical research skills needed to complete an individual, large-scale research project. Core modules will help you develop project management skills and extend your critical analytical skills through the planning and writing of a literature review. You will also learn practical skills and techniques, including locating and retrieving historical material, critiquing primary and secondary sources, and examining and organising historical information. These core modules are taught by experienced, research-active academics with a range of methodological research skills and publications, while your dissertation supervisor will be an innovator in their field of research. The programme culminates in the researching and writing of a 30,000-word dissertation on the topic that most interests you, which will allow you to exercise and demonstrate your advanced historical research skills. This course is ideal for self-motivated and committed students who wish to research and write on a complex, specialised area of historical knowledge that interests them, whether in preparation for historical research at PhD level, professionally or independently.

Entry requirements

A good BA honours degree (2.1 or above) and an MA. At least 1 of these degrees should be in history. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The programme consists of 3 components: 2 core modules of 30 credits each at Level 7 and a 30,000-word dissertation worth 120 credits.
Full-time modules:

MRes Dissertation;
Planning Historical Research;
The Historian's Craft .

Part-time modules Year 1:

Planning Historical Research;
The Historian's Craft .

Part-time modules Year 2.

Assessment methods

The assessed components include a literature review and a detailed dissertation proposal.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MRes Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

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Contact: 
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6268