Research course

History (Research Areas)

University of Nottingham · School of History

Entry requirements

For MRes: 2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in history. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. For PhD/MPhil: 2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in history and an MA in history at merit or above. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes is a degree suitable for students who already have a grounding in research skills usually gained at MA level: familiarity with primary sources in their original form; experience in completing an extended dissertation of which a large proportion is based on original research; knowledge and understanding of their specialism beyond that gained in undergraduate work. The degree is essentially an extended Dissertation (maximum 30 to 35,000 words) worth 160 credits, examined by an external and internal examiner, possibly also involving a viva voce exam.

MPhil: This is a two-year programme involving a thesis of 60,000 words. Admission requirements for this are more stringent than for the MRes, as an MPhil is effectively a scaled-down doctorate. We usually require candidates to have undergone extensive training (e.g. via a taught masters degree) in historical research, but may waive this criterion when an applicant is judged to have relevant professional or other related experience.

We are confident that you will find the Department of History a stimulating place in which to conduct your research. The Department has a thriving research community which includes both staff and research students, and will offer you many opportunities to develop your skills and widen your intellectual horizons. There are many possibilities to participate in interdisciplinary research networks, contribute to research seminars, organise conferences and gain teaching experience.

Our Department has a wide range of expertise across all periods of history, across many geographical areas and covering most major genres of historical research and writing. Please see the Academic Staff Index for the full list of our staff's expertise.

Many of the senior staff are recognised as global leaders in their field. Our younger academics are building international reputations as strong, imaginative and innovative researchers. We are all dedicated to supervising Ph.D. research projects and further developing the rich and vibrant research culture in the Department of History, to which both staff and students contribute and from which we all benefit.

You will therefore be able to identity a suitable supervisor for almost any doctoral project you are intending to undertake. When a project requires expertise which spans to two or more Departments in the University, we may be able to offer co-supervision with colleagues in other disciplines.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

The International Office offers a range of opportunities. Further details on University funding opportunities can be found on its online funding database. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of History web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
12 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 951 5935