Masters | Postgraduate Course - Economic and Social History MRes Course Details within University of Exeter

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Tuition fees per year 2019/20 UK/EU: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time International: £17,700 full-time
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Economic and Social History MRes

Study Details

MRes 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The MRes in Economic and Social History will allow you to focus specifically on economic and social history and its methods of analysis, including a firm grounding in social science methodology, while giving you the opportunity to study other topics in international history, religious and cultural history, political history, naval or gender history. 

You can select from option modules that include subjects such as work and wealth in early modern England; health, medicine; gender and the body; party politics and international diplomacy; and the impact of modern wars on culture, economy, society and memory.

The MRes provides essential training for PhD study in Economic and Social History, as well as an opportunity to develop particular interests in the history of different countries and periods through taught modules and a dissertation of up to 25,000 words on a topic of your choosing within the MRes programme subject area.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • HISM016 Advanced Historical Research Skills 30
  • HISM403 Dissertation in History 90
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15

Optional modules
Please note that module availability varies from year to year.
MA History Options 2018-9

  • HISM001 Critical Approaches to Early Modern History 30
  • HISM002 Critical Approaches to Maritime and Naval History 30
  • HISM003 Critical Approaches to Imperial and Global History 30
  • HISM020 Critical Approaches to War, State and Society 30
  • HISM017 Critical Approaches to Medical Humanities 30
  • HISM026 Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health 30
  • HISM027 The Cold War: A Global History 30
  • HISM035 Wealth and Work in Early Modern Britain 30
  • HISM036 Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe 30
  • HISM037 Contested Pasts: History in the Public Sphere 30
  • HISM038 Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815 30
  • HISM039 History in Public: A Workplace Project 30
  • HISM040 Introduction to Digital Humanities 30
  • HISM041 Food and Agriculture in Historical Perspective 30
  • HISM183 Interpreting the Middle Ages 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a History related discipline, with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Exceptions may be made  for students with relevent experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work work and/or interview. Students with combined honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or or have some background in Economic and Social History, or cognate experience in Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Economics, English, Human Geography or related subjects.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

A degree in Economic and Social History, will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. Our students develop skills in researching, analysing and assessing sources, particularly quantitative analysis, written and verbal communication, managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. Some of our graduates choose to follow their interest in their degree studies with further study. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter a wide variety of careers.