Research course

Modern European History

University of Birmingham · Department of History

Entry requirements

The course is open to those with backgrounds in history or suitable qualifications in a closely related field. You should normally have at least a good upper second class honours degree (minimum 3.0 GPA) and will normally be expected to have a reading knowledge of one modern European language. Additional language training is available at the university.

Months of entry


Course content

Modern European History is one of the most innovative and exciting fields of historical research today. The development and expansion of the European Union, the collapse of communism, the unification of Germany and, more recently, the combined political and economic fallout of the global financial crisis, have significantly changed our perspective on the history of modern Europe. This programme, which draws on the notable strengths in social, cultural, economic and intellectual history at the University, is designed to offer you - as a research student working on a broad range of topics - practical training in research skills and methods as well as a broad overview of Europe, particularly its place within a rapidly changing world.

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that help develop research and related skills, and to study broader historical subjects with other postgraduates.

The programme consists of four elements which make a total of 180 credits:

  • 20,000 word thesis (120 credits)
  • Globalisation since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Historical methods (20 credits)
  • Research skills training (20 credits)

The modules are assessed in various ways – by examination, coursework and attendance.

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Information for international students

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community on and off campus. Not only do students benefit from research training courses, they also receive support through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005