Taught course

Historical Research

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree or better in History or relevant subject from a university recognised by the University of Stirling.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Research (MRes) is designed

  • to enable students to become well-trained historians


  • to demonstrate their fitness to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas. Both are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training, under supervision.

There are three variants of the MRes in Historical Research:

  • MRes in Historical Research: The American Revolutionary Era
  • MRes in Historial Research: Medieval Scottish History
  • MRes in Historical Research: Environmental History

Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions.


The MRes programme and all constituent modules are constructed in line with the university's academic procedures and are fully assessed and externally examined. The programme is recognised by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The former has awarded scholarships for the programme and both councils have given PhD awards to outstanding Stirling graduates of the MRes.

Course Objectives

This programme prepares you for further research:

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

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 6 in each skill), or TOEFL: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation60 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Jim Smyth
+ 44 (0) 1786 467961