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

MA: A 1st Class degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university. 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 Research Skills for Historians; Directed Reading; Palaeography; Latin and modern languages. Examples of optional modules: Order and Disorder Around the Year 1000; Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century; Crime and Punishment in Late Antiquity; City Life in Jacksonian America, 1828-1850; 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.

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 September 2018 16,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
MA Full-time September 2018 7,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
MA Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

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

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