M.Res. On Campus

Early Modern History

University of Birmingham

12 months
19800 GBP/year
6540 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Explore the past with your own independent research project in Early Modern History at University of Birmingham within the prestigious Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS), while undertaking essential training to support your project.


Why study this course?

  • Friendly and supportive academic staff who produce world-class research: The Early Modern History MRes is run out of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies (CREMS), one of the most dynamic concentrations of early modern historians in the country. We have almost a dozen members of full time academic staff with expertise in the period c.1500-1800 in History alone, with geographical coverage including Tudor and Stuart England, Georgian Britain, Germany, the Ottoman Empire, the Americas, and the wider world. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History first in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.
  • Fantastic resources to support your study: The West Midlands and Birmingham are rich in associations with the history of the early modern period, from cathedrals and parish churches to country houses and castles, all of which offer fascinating insights into its material culture. The library is particularly strong in early modern history, religious history and local history materials, and the university’s Special Collections contain a wide range of early printed books. We also provide students with access to a wide range of electronic resources, including Early English Books Online, State Papers Online, and the Cecil Papers. In addition, students have use of the Shakespeare Institute’s excellent research library in Stratford–upon-Avon, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust library and Record Office, and the on-campus resources of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
  • An emphasis on your research supported by training in key skills: The Early Modern History programme at University of Birmingham enables you to apply the intellectual insights of the taught modules to a sustained body of work, to learn period-specific techniques (such as palaeography) alongside transferable research skills, and develop the advanced interpretative skills necessary for doctoral work. Students can use this programme as a launch pad for doctoral research, obtaining a firm grounding in historical research methods, and a broad knowledge of relevant topics through course work and engaging with the academic community at Birmingham and beyond.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Methods
  • Writing Early Modern History: Sources and Approaches
  • Research Preparation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK, usually in a relevant area.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), usually in a relevant area.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19800 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6540 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

UK: £3,270 part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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