Taught course

Humanities (History)

Keele University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

On this Master of Research (MRes), you'll be supported to build a bespoke programme of advanced research and study to match your personal and professional interests - you can learn a language, explore palaeography, broaden your field of study, or complete a work placement. The History pathway showcases a wide and exciting range of studies across time and place, from medieval to modern, from local to global.

Course summary

Highly flexible and with a focus on one-to-one supervision throughout the course, you can tailor this MRes around your research and career plans. You’ll graduate with knowledge of research design, methods and processes, together with the creative, critical, reflexive, and analytical mindset that employers desire. The MRes can also be used as a stepping-stone to further research at PhD level.

From the outset, you will be paired with an experienced supervisor to support your personal and professional development, working together to advance your research interests and develop your individual research, writing and communications skills.

The study of History helps us make sense of our own lives: our desire to understand what has happened in the past and why, improves not only the comprehension of our own society, but the wider world around us.

On the MRes Humanities (History) pathway, you’ll join staff with shared thematic interests in the history of political violence, social movements, gender, religion and print culture. We have partnerships with leading research centres including The David Bruce Centre for American Studies and the Centre for Local History. This programme will develop key transferrable skills in research, analysis and communication to enhance your career prospects across a range of sectors or to prepare you for further academic study.

As part of the bespoke Individual Research Orientation module, you’ll agree a tailored learning plan to expand your knowledge, skills and experience. For example, you can learn a foreign language, study subject matter from a different discipline like statistical modelling or improve your ability to read old manuscripts.

Using our contacts or through your own networks, you can also undertake a work experience placement here in the UK or abroad. In the past, our students have helped staged exhibitions, catalogued an archive, reviewed educational material and reflected on the selection of historical textbooks in a school.

The School of Humanities benefits from world-leading and internationally excellent research across various areas of humanities including English Literature, Creative Writing, History, Media, and Music Technology. Find out more about Humanities Research at Keele.

This wide range of staff expertise considerably broadens the opportunity for potential interdisciplinary research topics, making Keele's History MRes an ideal choice for students who want the freedom to conduct in-depth research on a subject of their choosing, while also receiving the guidance expected of a taught master’s.

Keele is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) and the Economic and Social Research Council's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). These both offer financial support to outstanding UK students in applicable disciplines.

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Information for international students

This course is available for international students. Please visit the Keele University website or contact Keele for more information.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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