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Overview

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.

 


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.  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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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 form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of History

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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

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.

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 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.

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Course detail

Description

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.

Pathways

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.

Further literature:

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Teaching Style

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.

Assessment

We will assess you through a combination of coursework and exams.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

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.

Structure

  • 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

    Required modules

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

    Medieval History pathway

    Required modules

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

    Early Modern History pathway

    Required modules

    • Dissertation of 30,000 words (120 credits)

    One of the following:

    • Approaches to Early Modern History (40 credits)
    • Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)

    Modern History pathway

    Required modules

    • Dissertation of 30,000 words (120 credits)

    One of the following:

    • Transnational History (20 credits)
    • Historical Methods (20 credits)

    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.

    Optional Modules

    Ancient History pathway

    Choose one module (totalling 40 credits) from a list that typically includes:

    • Greek or Latin for Research (40 credits)
    • Greek or Latin Epigraphy (40 credits)
    • Greek Papyrology (40 credits)
    • Greek or Latin Palaeography (40 credits)

    Medieval History pathway

    There are no optional modules on this pathway.

    Early Modern History pathway

    Choose 20 to 40 further credits from a list that typically includes:

    • Approaches to Early Modern History (if not previously selected 40 credits)
    • Advanced Skills for Historians (if not previously selected 20 credits)
    • Latin for Graduates (20 credits)
    • Up to 20 credits from graduate language module from King’s Modern Language Centre

    If necessary, you will take a further module to bring your total for the degree to 180 from a list that typically includes:

    • 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
    • Guided Reading

    Modern History pathway

    Choose two modules (totalling 40 credits) from a list that typically includes: 

    • Advanced Skills for Historians (20 credits)
    • Guided Reading (20 credits)
    • A modern language module from the King’s Modern Language Centre (20 credits)
    • Empire, Nation & Modernity in Eastern Europe, 1914-1948 (20 credits)
    • The Provisional IRA (20 credits)
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Career prospects

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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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

*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. 

Deposit

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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

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