University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Historical Research

This course is excellent preparation for a research degree in history. You can further your interests, broaden your knowledge and at the same time hone your research skills. As well as specific research training in history, you�ll also gain a broad range of transferable skills that will be of value to employers outside academia. If you�re already focused on taking a PhD in history, this intensive course improves your chances of getting funding from the AHRC, ESRC and others.

Entry requirements

A first-class degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university is required for the MA Historical Research. All other courses require a 2.1 Honours degree. English language requirements- Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: dissertation; research presentation and a choice of research skills modules including designing a doctoral research project; research skills for historians; palaeography; Latin and modern languages. Optional modules: imagining the unseen in the middle ages; prisoners of war in the twentieth century; crime and punishment in late antiquity; a people�s conflict: the union and the us civil war; language and society in early modern England; cold war histories; debating cultural imperialism in the nineteenth-century British empire; stories of activism, 1960 to the present; directed reading.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, dissertation (15,000 words).

Sponsorship information

University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You�ll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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