The degree consists of four elements which make a total of 180 credits:
Historical Methods (20 credits)
The purpose of this module, which is taken during the autumn semester, is to study some major historians of different 'schools' or 'approaches' along with the ideas which inform such historical work. It is taught by a range of specialists in the fields of political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual history. The module is compulsory for all MRes students in the Department of History and so provides both an intellectual and social forum. Assessment is by a 4000 word essay.
Sites and Sources in Modern British History (20 credits)
This is the core module of the degree, to be taken in the spring semester. It introduces you to a variety of methodological and thematic approaches to the study of twentieth century British history. Team taught you will be exposed to the key methodological issues concerning the study of twentieth century British history and the problems and issues historian of modern Britain encounter with sources. Assessment is by a 4000 word essay.
Research Skills Training (20 credits)
This module will vary according to your interest and requirements. All students will receive bibliographical training and some training in IT. In addition linguistic, palaeographical, quantitative methods and other training will be offered. This is quite a flexible module and, where appropriate, you may wish to substitute certain skills courses for a theoretical or historiographical essay related to your field of research instead.
Thesis (120 credits)
The main component of the programme is a 20,000 word thesis on an agreed topic which relates to the history of twentieth century Britain and which can be appropriately supervised by a member of academic staff. If you are interested in studying for this degree, you should contact the Department of History with a proposed topic of research so that a suitable supervisor can be found. We strongly encourage you to do this in advance of making your formal application, if at all possible: the sooner you have a clear idea of your basic research field, the better! The research interests and areas of supervision offered by staff in twentieth century British history are broad and embrace all aspects of modern Britain.