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MRes Historical Research

Our postgraduate degree in historical research enables you to become a research-oriented historian, equipped to undertake research at a Doctoral level.

Historical Research

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date October
  • Duration MRes full-time: 12 months, MRes part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Download course leaflet

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The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year research-oriented course that allows you to specialise in particular historical topics and areas.

The MRes is designed to:

  • enable you to become a well-trained historian
  • demonstrate your ability to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas

Both of these aims are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training conducted under supervision. You’ll be allocated an individual supervisor to direct your independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect your interests and needs.

Our course prepares you for further research by:

  • Undertaking project design, indentifying research questions, and presenting research findings
  • enabling qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • practical experience in applying research methods to interrogate primary sources
  • skills development in applying bibliographical software and database management
  • developing written and verbal critical analysis

Top reasons to study with us

The course is recognised by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. Both have given PhD funding to outstanding Stirling graduates of the MRes.

Work placements can be arranged as training activities.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research impact in History was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The REF 2014 panel also stated that our work in postgraduate research supervision in combination with the nurturing and career development of postgraduate research students was outstanding. All our staff are research active, and, with postgraduates, sustain a vibrant and inclusive research environment.

History staff offer particular strengths in African, American, British, environmental, European and Scottish history.

History staff publish widely in their fields, writing books, essays, articles in leading academic journals, historical documentary editions, and online resources. Several have won awards for their work including Dr Michael Penman in medieval Scottish History. Current and recent research projects have been funded by (among others):

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • The Carnegie Trust
  • The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • The Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • The British Academy
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh

What our students said

Jane Cessford
MRes in Historical Research
The MRes has definitely made me both more employable and ready to take on my PhD because it’s expanded my academic skills and has proven that I am willing and able to step up to the next level.
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