Taught course

Historical Research

School of Advanced Study · Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a first or upper second class Honours degree from a university in the United Kingdom, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications or who have considerable work experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA allows students to undertake assessed work and independent projects in the historical issues and controversies which interest them most. Historical research training introduces students to key historical approaches, sources and methods and how to apply them. Students will examine the ways in which historians have interpreted the development of modern culture and society. Topics covered include the use of architecture, material culture, archaeology and literature to aid historical research and understanding.

Core courses:

  • Module 1: Historical Training: Methods and Approaches to Historical Research
  • Module 2: History in Context: Cities, States and Localities in History

Option module:

  • The special project is an original extended assignment based around the individual student’s particular area of interest. It requires students to show that they can analyse primary source material in an effective and convincing way and place it in context to throw new light on a specific historical problem or controversy. The project may focus on a particular historical event or how a particular cultural activity (such as an exhibition, film or play) has interpreted such an event. Students will not be required to attend formal weekly classes but they will attend group discussions on the practical application of historical methods and at least four supervisory sessions

Information for international students

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide evidence that their written and spoken English language is adequate for postgraduate study. The University of London has been licensed to offer certificates to potential non-EU students under the UK Government's new immigration Points Based System.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding opportunities please visit our website at http://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/prospective-students/funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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