MRes Modern European History

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Modern European History is one of the most innovative and exciting fields of historical research today. The development and expansion of the European Union, the collapse of communism, the unification of Germany and, more recently, the combined political and economic fallout of the global financial crisis, have significantly changed our perspective on the history of modern Europe. This programme, which draws on the notable strengths in social, cultural, economic and intellectual history at the University, is designed to offer you - as a research student working on a broad range of topics - practical training in research skills and methods as well as a broad overview of Europe, particularly its place within a rapidly changing world.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September 2014

Details

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that help develop research and related skills, and to study broader historical subjects with other postgraduates.

The programme consists of four elements which make a total of 180 credits:

The modules are assessed in various ways – by examination, coursework and attendance.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.

Entry requirements

The course is open to those with backgrounds in history or suitable qualifications in a closely related field. You should normally have at least a good upper second class honours degree (minimum 3.0 GPA) and will normally be expected to have a reading knowledge of one modern European language. Additional language training is available at the university.

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

The Modern European History MRes has strong links with both the Birmingham Centre for Modern and Contemporary History (BCMCH) and the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, both of which provide an intellectual forum for staff and postgraduates working within the field across the University, meaning that you’ll be able to gain insight from a range of academics and peers.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

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Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our History graduates develop a range of skills, including familiarity with research methods, the ability to manage large and diverse quantities of information, and the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from journalism, to accounting, to lecturing, and over 94% of our History students have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.