Durham University

Durham University

Social and Economic History (Research Methods)

This course aims 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 students with a diverse portfolio of research techniques and approaches to enable them to undertake extended independent research in their dissertation.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

Core modules include: Social science research training programme; archives and sources; critical practice; dissertation. Optional modules include: social or economic history; the Anglo-Saxon world AD 400-1100; the Anglo-Norman world; Byzantium and the West, 300-1200; power and society in the late middle ages; the archaeology of the book (codicology and culture from antiquity to the Renaissance); courts and power in early modern Europe and the new world; negotiating life in the early modern world; worship and reform in Britain 1530-1662; gender, medicine and sexuality in early modern Europe; the wealth of nations (from medieval to modern); tradition, change and political culture in modern Britain; totalitarian cultures; the arts and society in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany; cultures of consumption in modern Europe; race in modern America; tribe and nation in Africa; media, culture and society in Weimar and Nazi Germany; history and the idea of politics 1500-1900; modernity and identity in modern east Asia; modernity, religion and identity; interpretations of terror and genocide in modern Europe.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of History
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1040