Durham University

Durham University

Social and Economic History (Research Methods)

Durham's MA in Social and Economic History at Durham provides training in research methods for historical topics in any aspect of social and economic history. The MA provides quantitative and qualitative research methods appropriate to a wide range of historical approaches. Accredited by the ESRC, this MA is part of our four year funding scheme offered by the North-East Doctoral Training Centre. Students can apply for 1+3 funding for this MA followed by a PhD in any aspect of social and economic history with expert supervision available within the Department - and with our partner institution in the NEDTC at Newcastle University. This includes African history, and aspects of governance, as well as traditional social and economic topics. The MA programme is shared with the School of Applied Social Science and will help you to build an awareness of the contemporary boundaries of social and economic history and to master advanced understanding of the concepts and methods with which it may be interrogated. It seeks to equip you with a diverse portfolio of research techniques and approaches to enable you to undertake extended independent research in your dissertation, and to make your own contribution to the field. The skills provided by this MA are also transferable to a wide range of careers.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 or GPA of 3.5, or equivalent. A first degree in History or a related subject is required.

Course modules

The MA in Social and Economic History is a one-year full-time programme (or two-years part-time). All students are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the first term, and s/he guides each student through the year.

You will take 30 credits of core modules from History: Archives and Sources (15 credits), and Critical Practice (15 credits); and 30 credits of core modules from the School of Applied Social Sciences: Perspectives on Social Research (15 credits) AND EITHER Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) OR Fieldwork and Interpretation (15 credits). You will write a 60-credit dissertation (15,000 words) supervised by a member of academic staff in the History Department. You will also choose a 30-credit optional module in History; AND 30 credits of optional modules from Social Sciences: EITHER Statistical Exploration and Reasoning (15 credits) and Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science (15 credits) OR Applied Statistics (30 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.

Sponsorship information

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre, 1+3 studentships are available for students wishing to pursue a clearly defined PhD project at Durham; the ESRC 1+3 scheme provides 1 year's funding for this Research Preparation MA in Research Methods, followed by 3 years funding for researching a PhD.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1040