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Why study this programme?

An understanding of the past is key to understanding the present and the future, and the study of history is publicly important as well as personally enriching. This Masters of Research in History course offers a unique opportunity to combine the local and the global in historical research given the range and diversity of staff specialisms across three distinct strands – ‘Modern Britain and Ireland’, ‘European, American, African and Asian History’, and ‘Memory, Heritage and Place’. It builds upon a very successful and well-established undergraduate programme with a broad range of historical places and subjects from which you can choose to specialise, and provides guided taught support collectively and individually. Broaden and refine your research skills with an enhanced dissertation project with the opportunity to pursue a heritage or public history output, enabling you to become a specialist historical practitioner.  

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate degree in History or a cognate subject.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

HY4001 – Issues in Modern History

HY4011 – Sources and Methods in Historical Research (small part of Semester 2 also)

Semester 2

HY4001 – Issues in Modern History

HY4991 – Dissertation 

Semester 3

HY4991 – Dissertation

Further Information

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Students will be given the opportunity to organise and run their own ‘mini-conference’ as part of the course and are expected to attend the monthly research seminars from visiting academics besides opportunities afforded for placements through History’s numerous links with educational and heritage institutions throughout the region. Visits will also be offered to both local archives and museums.

Graduates can expect to enhance and improve their current skills set providing a base or an advancement for careers in education, museums, archives, heritage groups or organisations as well as a variety of other professions which value the specialised research, organisational and intellectual capabilities provided by a taught postgraduate course such as this.

The History MRes provides opportunities for outstanding and committed students to progress to an MPhil/PhD in History, perhaps with their MRes dissertation becoming the foundation for future research trajectories.

One of the highlights of this course is the option of a public history type output from the dissertation research and the opportunity to make a real world impact. Students can therefore take the route of a single written dissertation of 24,000 words or a 12,000 word written dissertation and a companion exhibition, schools pack, podcast or website.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Industry Links

UCLan’s History department has a strong and productive relationship with schools, museums, libraries and archives across the region and students have developed placements with many of these in the past. History at UCLan works particularly closely with the People’s History Museum and the Labour Party Archive located there as well as with the Co-operative College and archive, Lancashire Archives based in Preston close to the main campus and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire Fusiliers Museum and many other friends and partners across the north-west and further afield.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will have full access to the resources of UCLan’s library including our Special Collections which contains the Joseph Livesey Collection, a cornerstone of the British temperance movement of the nineteenth century and other important archival material such as the Wainwright Collection of rare books on Irish Home Rule and Ulster Unionism.

The History staff at UCLan are all published historians who work in modern British, Irish, European, American, African and Asian history, mostly with a modern or contemporary focus. In addition to this, several members of the History team have experience and specialist knowledge of various aspects of heritage studies and public history, including memorials and memorialisation, oral history, business heritage and material culture.

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