The Master of Science in Historical Research from University of Stirling is a one-year research preparation course intended to prepare postgraduates for a research-based career and enable specialisation in social and/or economic history.
The MSc is designed to:
- train historians in social research methods
- demonstrate your ability to undertake interdisciplinary research to doctoral level at Stirling; or other universities in Britain and overseas
- provide a foundation for applications to research councils (AHRC, ESRC) and doctoral training partnerships (including SGSAH) that fund PhD research
- specifically prepare graduates to apply to the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science for PhD studentship funding in social and economic history (see below under professional accreditation)
- prepare you for a research-based career
- enhance career prospects and career development
These aims are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, taught modules in applied social research, optional study modules appropriate to your field of study, and skills training conducted under supervision. You’ll be allocated an individual supervisor to direct your dissertation and plan your programme.
This course prepares you for further research by:
- compulsory taught modules in project design, qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- directed independent study in the historiography of a research topic
- skills development in statistical and database packages
- self-directed skills training
- practical experience in applying research methods to interrogate primary sources and datasets in the dissertation
- developing written and verbal critical analysis
The MSc Historical Research has been designed with three career destinations in mind:
- to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level
- as a route to an academic career
- as a higher degree in its own right
Taking the MSc can also enhance your continuing professional development and prepare you for a research-based career, particularly in academic research, teaching, journalism, marketing, government, and heritage management. By helping you develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the course provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors.
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- Research Design and Process
- Quantitative Data Analysis
- Historiography for Masters of Research
- Qualitative Data Analysis
- Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities
- Sources and Methods for Masters in Research
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.
DisciplinesHistory Ancient History Modern History View 200 other Masters in Ancient History in United Kingdom
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- A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) in a relevant subject or equivalent is required. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
- A research proposal is required along with your application. It should be a maximum of 1,500 words.
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International17275 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17275 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National7100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
Living costs for Stirling
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.