Entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, applicants should normally possess: first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours (in History or a related subject) or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard; or an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field. Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparibility with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are passionate about the study of history and keen to concentrate at postgraduate level on independent research, then the ResM is worth exploring. Based on the MPhil/PhD pattern, it can be studied either full time or part time. The taught element takes the form of two 30-credit modules - key debates and research methods in history and research in the arts and humanities - during the first year of study, whether you are full time or a part time. The research element is through a dissertation.

As a ResM student you’ll follow the same milestones and processes as MPhil and PhD candidates, so studying for the degree is a good preparation for doctoral research. Indeed, if you make excellent progress and have your supervisors’ approval, you may apply to transfer directly into our PhD programme after two years, rather than submitting a ResM thesis.

The ResM pathway can be full time or part time (two years). Your studies will consist of three modules – two taught modules providing you with the knowledge and expertise to excel in the third, your 25,000 to 30,000 word ResM thesis on a subject of your choosing. The key debates and research methods in history module provides you with the knowledge and skills to conduct postgraduate historical research. The research in the arts and humanities module rounds out your knowledge further with training in research methods across the broad range of subjects within arts and humanities, giving you the capability to be flexible and original in your research. Finally, the pinnacle of your studies will be your thesis – working closely with your chosen supervisor to create and present an original piece of historical research focused on a subject of your choosing from anywhere within the past six centuries of human history.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

01752 585858