Our History MRes programme gives you the opportunity to undertake advanced historical research and appropriate research training, tailored to your particular focus.
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.
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:
- Ancient History – this pathway draws on the great strength of ancient history research in the University of London, which has the largest number of ancient historians in post anywhere in the world. Sources & Methods in Ancient History is a required intercollegiate module, involving most of the ancient historians in London, who take seminar sessions on their own specialist areas.
- Medieval History – this pathway builds on the popular Medieval History MA at King’s, which has an outstanding track record for training medievalists for doctoral research. You will take the required module Materials and Methods, which introduces methodological problems that medieval historians confront when handling source materials and when engaging with historical methods or schools of thought, as well as compulsory training in Palaeography and Latin for Graduates.
- Early Modern History – this pathway enables you to put together a tailor-made programme best suited to your interests, and provides an excellent basis for the research dissertation. Students choose between two core modules that focus on historiography (Approaches to Early Modern History) or practical skills (Advanced Skills for Historians). The optional modules cover topics including the history of religion, power, ritual, bodies, science, cities, knowledge, images and objects.
- Modern History – focus either on British and European history since the French Revolution, or on the history of global interaction since the 16th century. All students choose between two core modules that focus on historiography (Transnational History) or practical skills (Historical Methods). In addition, you will choose from a very wide range of taught optional modules.
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.
Full-time study: 2-4 hours of taught classes per week. Part-time study: 2 hours of taught classes per week. The MRes History modules are assesed by written coursework and/or take-home exam. The 30,000 word dissertation enables students to research a topic of their choice, working one-to-one with an academic supervisor.