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History MRes



The MRes is an advanced historical research programme, and students specialize in ancient, medieval, early modern or modern history under the supervision of an expert in their chosen field of research. Students receive training in historiographical and technical skills necessary for doctoral study and develop their knowledge of the period they choose to focus on.

Key benefits

  • 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.

  • 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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Key information

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 email Enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of History


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


The MRes History programme provides students with the opportunity to engage in advanced historical research and appropriate research training tailored to students’ particular research interests. At its heart is the 30,000 word dissertation, delivered through a series of intensive one-to-one supervisions with tutors expert in the students’ fields of research. Through its taught training modules, the programme offers students the chance to engage at an advanced level with disciplinary and methodological debates, as well as conduct training work preliminary to writing the dissertation. These modules, combined with the dissertation, provide students with the ability to conduct large-scale independent research projects.


Students on the MRes History follow one of four pathways, best suited to their 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. The compulsory Sources & Methods in Ancient History is an intercollegiate module, involving most of the ancient historians in London, who take seminar sessions on their own specialist areas. Students are also required to study Greek and/or Latin for ResearchEpigraphy or Papyrology.

  • Medieval History – this pathway builds on the popular MA in Medieval History at King’s, which has an outstanding track record for training medievalists for doctoral research. Students take the compulsory 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 each student to put together a tailor-made programme best suited to his or her research interests, providing 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). Optional modules cover topics including the history of religion, power, ritual, bodies, science, cities, knowledge, images and objects.

  • Modern History – students 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, students are permitted to choose from a very wide range of taught optional modules.

PhD preparation

The MRes programme is excellent preparation for further doctoral study, equipping students with the necessary skills and experience to carry out substantial independent and original research.

Study in London

London not only offers a vast range of resources but also boasts a strong graduate community, where students can follow up a range of interests towards further research. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), many of which are convened by members of the Department.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

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.


  • Required Modules

    Students are required to complete 180 credits as follows:

    30,000 word dissertation (worth 120 credits)

    A further 60 credits which varies depending on the pathway being followed (see below for more details)

    Ancient History pathway

    • Compulsory modules:

    Dissertation of 30,000 words (worth 120 credits)
    Research Methods in Ancient History (worth 20 credits)

    • One optional module from:

    Greek or Latin for Research (worth 40 credits)
    Greek or Latin Epigraphy (worth 40 credits)
    Greek Papyrology (worth 40 credits)
    Greek or Latin Palaeography (worth 40 credits)
    For further information on these modules please see the Department of Classics module pages.

    Medieval History pathway

    • Compulsory modules:

    Dissertation of 30,000 words (worth 120 credits)
    Materials & Methods (worth 20 credits)
    Palaeography (worth 20 credits)
    Latin for Graduates (worth 20 credits)

    Early Modern History pathway

    • Compulsory modules:

    Dissertation of 30,000 words (worth 120 credits)
    Approaches to Early Modern History (worth 40 credits) or Advanced Skills for Historians (worth 20 credits)

    • A further 20 or 40 credits from:

    Approaches to Early Modern History (if not previously selected. worth 40 credits)
    Advanced Skills for Historians (if not previously selected. worth 20 credits)
    Latin for Graduates (worth 20 credits)
    A modern language (worth 20 credits)

    • If applicable, final optional 20 credit module. Optional modules vary but can include:

    Selfhood & Sensibility in the European Enlightenment
    From Hume to Darwin: God, Man, & Nature in European Thought
    Body & Society in Early Modern Europe
    London Histories of Medicine and Science

    Modern History pathway

    • Compulsory modules:

    Dissertation of 30,000 words (worth 120 credits)
    Transnational History (worth 20 credits) or Historical Methods (worth 20 credits)

    • A further 40 credits of optional modules. Optional modules vary but can include:

    Advanced Skills for Historians
    A modern language
    Rethinking the Age of Reform in Britain, 1780-1850
    British Settler Societies: Colonies, Dominions & Nations Since 1800
    Empire, Nation & Modernity in Eastern Europe, 1914-1948
    Iran: Revolutions, Nationalism and the Quest for Modernity

    For module descriptions, please see the Department website


Career prospects

Leads to further research or careers in education, journalism, finance, politics and cultural sectors.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£17,550 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£8,875 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Overseas students will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place when they receive an offer for this course.  

The deposit is £2,000 (2016/17) and will be credited towards your total fee payment.

UK/EU students are not required to pay a deposit (2016/17)

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship

One Worshipful Company of Bowyers Scholarship, generously funded by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, will be awarded to the best-performing King’s undergraduate History student (single or joint honours) who is staying on to take any of the Masters programmes offered by the Department, and is not in receipt of any other funding. This scholarship is worth £2,000, and will be awarded based on undergraduate degree results.  No application is necessary; all MA applications from final-year History undergraduates will be considered.


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