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Our History MRes programme gives you the opportunity to undertake advanced historical research tailored to your particular interestes and focus. You can specialize in ancient, medieval, early modern or modern history.
At the heart of the programme is your research and dissertation project – an in-depth examination of a topic of your choice leading to a 30,000-word dissertation. In developing your research and dissertation you will benefit from a series of intensive one-to-one supervisions with tutors who are experts in your chosen field of research.
One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality (REF 2014) and in the Top 10 departments of History in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2015).
King's graduates enjoy one of the best employment rates and starting salaries in the UK. Ranked 6th in the UK for graduate employment (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)
Ideal preparation for doctoral study, with advanced training in research skills combined with an extended dissertation.
Specialise in Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern or Modern History.
The central London location offers students unrivalled access to world-class museums, collections, archives and libraries as well as easy access to resources in Europe.
Vibrant research culture, including seminars and conferences at which students are encouraged to participate and give papers.
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Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake Variable.
Course leaders Dr Max Edling
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of History
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Minimum 2:1 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in history or a related subject such as politics. Students without a history degree may be required to show relevant research skills in order to be accepted.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. We interview all applicants, either in person or over the phone if they are normally resident overseas. You are required to submit a research proposal of 300-700 words as part of your application. We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods. You will receive notification when your application has been passed to the admissions tutor for assessment.
As well as your personal statement, please also supply a 300-700 word research proposal. Your research proposal should describe the project you wish to undertake for your MRes dissertation.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
Our History MRes programme gives you the opportunity to undertake advanced historical research and appropriate research training, tailored to your particular focus.
Through our taught training modules, you will engage with disciplinary and methodological debates at an advanced level, and develop the skills you will need to write your dissertation. These modules, combined with the dissertation, will teach you how to conduct large-scale independent research projects; the programme is excellent preparation for doctoral study.
You will follow one of four pathways, best suited to your research interests:
We will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you undertake at least 17 hours of independent study. If you are a part-time student, this will only apply during your first year. For your dissertation, we will provide 12 hours of one-to-one supervision and we will expect you to undertake 1,118 hours of independent study.
We will assess you through a combination of coursework and exams.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Both to provide training in the historiographical and technical skills necessary for further study, and also to deepen your knowledge of the period studied. Suitable both for potential academics and for personal interest for those with a clear research focus.
Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:
Ancient History pathway
Medieval History pathway
Early Modern History pathway
One of the following:
Modern History pathway
Whichever pathway you are on, if you are a part-time student you will take all your modules except your dissertation in your first year. You will take only your dissertation in your second year.
Choose one module (totalling 40 credits) from a list that typically includes:
There are no optional modules on this pathway.
Choose 20 to 40 further credits from a list that typically includes:
If necessary, you will take a further module to bring your total for the degree to 180 from a list that typically includes:
Choose two modules (totalling 40 credits) from a list that typically includes:
Some of our graduates continue to further research, whilst others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.
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£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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