Taught course

Historical Research

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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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.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows you to specialise in particular research areas.

The MRes is designed to:

  • enable you to become a well-trained historian
  • demonstrate your ability to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas

Both of these aims are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training conducted under supervision. You’ll also be allocated an individual supervisor to direct your independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect your interests and needs.

Our course prepares you for further research by covering many different topics including:

  • coordination of the provision of additional or external skills training to develop the application of research skills
  • practical experience of devising and applying a research method to interrogate primary sources
  • qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • the application of IT in information retrieval, especially bibliographical database software
  • written and oral communication skills
  • project design involving the conceptualisation of research questions and the presentation of data and data analysis

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

Dr Jim Smyth
+44 (0)1786 467961