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What will I learn?


The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year research-oriented course that allows you to specialise in particular historical topics and areas.

The MRes is designed to:

  • enable you to become a well-trained historian
  • demonstrate your ability to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas

Both of these aims are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training conducted under supervision. You’ll be allocated an individual supervisor to direct your independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect your interests and needs.

Our course prepares you for further research by:

  • Undertaking project design, indentifying research questions, and presenting research findings
  • enabling qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • practical experience in applying research methods to interrogate primary sources
  • skills development in applying bibliographical software and database management
  • developing written and verbal critical analysis


Delivery of the MRes is mainly through one-to-one sessions with the member of staff who will supervise your dissertation and provide direct feedback on the modules Historiography, and Sources and Methods.

Research skills training is planned in discussion with your supervisor and requires completion of two independent study modules taken over two semesters. Coursework in the first semester comprises a reflective portfolio on skills’ activities and in the second semester analysis of a discrete body of historical sources (including text corpora and datasets) complementing work undertaken in the Sources and Methods module. Alternatively, you can take applied social research modules in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Students can also exit with PGCert awards.

Which department am I in?

History and Politics

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£17,275.00 (US$ 18,719) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Stirling


FK9 4LA, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.7 for entry to most of our Masters level courses.

For international students

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. If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill; Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Stirling

Stirling offers students a wide range of courses that are highly rated among Scottish and UK universities, along with outstanding graduate prospects.

  • Many courses rated among the top 5 in Scotland
  • Rated 5 stars for teaching, research and employability
  • Ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction
  • Beautiful 330-acre campus site

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