Taught course

Historical Research

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

A research proposal is required along with your application. It should be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year research preparation Masters intended to prepare postgraduate for a research-based career and enable specialisation in particular historical topics.

The MRes is designed to:

  • train historians
  • demonstrate your ability to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas
  • provide a foundation for applications to research councils (AHRC, ESRC) and doctoral training partnerships (including SGSAH) that fund PhD research
  • prepare you for a research-based career
  • enhance career prospects and career development

These aims are achieved through the completion of independent study modules and skills training conducted under supervision. You’ll be allocated an individual supervisor to direct your study and plan the curriculum to reflect your interests and requirements.

Our course prepares you for further research by:

  • Undertaking project design, identifying research questions, and presenting research findings
  • enabling qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • practical experience in applying research methods to interrogate primary sources
  • skills development in applying bibliographical software and database management
  • developing written and verbal critical analysis

Information for international students

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

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

Course contact details

University of Stirling