Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


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

Master of Research - MRes: 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

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2018 - 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2018 - 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 - 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
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