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About

This Master’s degree in Historical Research at Birkbeck, University of London will provide you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills necessary for undertaking historical research, whether at PhD level, professionally or independently. 

Overview

This Master’s degree in Historical Research at Birkbeck, University of London will give you the intellectual foundations, practical techniques and confidence to pursue your own research in the historical subject or period that most interests you.

We will critically examine problems of historical theory and practice, with an emphasis on debates around key topics such as historical narrative, objectivity and relativism, causation, the relationship of history to other disciplines, the rise and impact of social and cultural histories, and new directions in historical research and writing. We will consider some of the key methodological and theoretical approaches to history of the past 100 years, including the Annales School, Marxist historiography and postmodernism.

As well as being able to choose option modules from the extensive range offered by the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, you will also be able to undertake option modules offered by other departments. The culmination of the programme is the writing of an independently researched dissertation under the guidance and supervision of one of our research-active academics.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in research and archiving, museums and galleries, education, or journalism. Possible professions include researcher, archivist, or journalist. This degree will also provide graduates with the skills to undertake historical research at PhD level as well as professionally and independently. It may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, museum education officer, or Civil Service administrator.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches
  • The Historian's Craft
  • Britain and Germany: The History of a Relationship, 1815-1990
  • China and the West: Encounters
  • Civil Society: Ideas, Practices and Dilemmas in the Modern World, 17th Century to the Present
  • Cultural History of War in Britain and America between the First World War and the Conflict in Vietnam

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) and references.

  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • Your personal details
  • Your qualifications
  • Your work experience
  • Your personal statement
  • Referees
  • Statistical information
  • English proficiency
  • The application form 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16380 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9030 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9030 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • Part-time home students: £4515 pa
  • Part-time international students: £8190 pa

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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