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1 year
September 2024

An understanding of the past is key to understanding the present and the future, and the study of history of publicly important as well as personally enriching. Our Master of Research (MRes) in History will enable you to develop specialist knowledge and research skills.

Why study with us

  • Amongst our staff we have specialists in Modern Britain and Ireland; European, African and Asian History; and memory, heritage and place.
  • You’ll get to attend monthly research seminars from visiting academics.
  • There are opportunities for valuable work placements through our links with various educational and heritage institutions throughout the region.

What you'll do

  • You will have access to our Special Library Collections which contain the Joseph Livesey Collection, a cornerstone of the British temperance movement of the 19th century, and the Wainwright Collection of rare books on Irish Home Rule and Ulster Unionism.
  • Our History staff are all published historians who work in modern British, Irish, European, American, African and Asian history, mostly with a modern or contemporary focus.
  • You will benefit from specialist knowledge of various aspects of heritage studies and public history, including memorials and memorialisation, oral history, business heritage and material culture.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Dr Máirtín Ó Catháin
Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish History
Dr Jonathan Colman
Senior Lecturer in International History
Dr Philip Constable
Senior Lecturer in History
Professor Nick Mansfield
Professor of History
Dr Stephen Meredith
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Professor Robert Poole
Emeritus Professor
Dr Clare Copley
Lecturer in Modern European History
Dr David Stewart
Senior Lecturer
Dr Keith Vernon
Principal Lecturer in History

Future careers

This research-focused course will prepare you to advance your career in education, museums, archives, heritage groups and organisations, as well as a variety of other professions which value the specialised research, organisational and intellectual capabilities provided by a postgraduate course such as this.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£9,450 per year
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Full-time£17,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

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