History (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Statue of Oliver Cromwell

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

We offer a wealth of opportunities to develop your knowledge and facilitate your research in a number of specialist areas covering Britain, Europe, Russia and North America. Through links with local organisations and archives, Cheltenham also offers opportunities for developing focused research projects on local history through the Cotswold Centre for History & Heritage.

We offer a wealth of opportunities to develop your knowledge and facilitate your research in a number of specialist areas covering Britain, Europe, Russia and North America. Through links with local organisations and archives, Cheltenham also offers opportunities for developing focused research projects on local history through the Cotswold Centre for History & Heritage.

Research Areas

We have particular research strengths in: early modern Britain and Europe; Russian and Soviet history; American history; Modern Europe; and local history. We also have research expertise in gender and women’s history; oral history and memory studies; intellectual history and the history of ideas; and African American history and culture.

Our lively research environment includes access to open lecture programmes and seminars across the university, and we’ll expect you to contribute to the research culture and experience. You’ll be well supported by your supervisory team and can expect regular individual tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer-group seminars and discussions. We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university, and our system of using a supervisory team as opposed to an individual supervisor makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

Applications for interdisciplinary research degrees in British studies, gender/women’s studies, American Studies, memory studies, and in other areas are welcome.

This research contributes to the subject community Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.

Training in Research Methods

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their educationas researchers.

Benefits

Staff have a wide range of research interests and will work with you to refine your project. We encourage collaboration between staff and students. We have partnerships with prestigious festivals such as The Gloucester History Festival and enjoy extensive regional study materials, including the library of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in the university’s archival collection.

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Fees

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Prof. Melanie Ilic

Staff Profile

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

"I teach the modules in the Russian and Soviet History strand of the undergraduate degree course, covering from the late imperial period to the collapse of the USSR in 1991. I also teach on our historical methods course and I am the subject co-ordinator for our final year dissertations. "

Publications

Black History month lecture

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university.

Lady discussing and people listening
We have links to prestigious festivals such as The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and enjoy extensive regional study materials, including the library of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in the university’s archival collection.
 

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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