The MRes programme is designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the world of historical research. A key aim will be to expose the student to the range of general academic research skills and expertise expected of the professional researcher in the social sciences, especially in History.
Methods in Research in History
Main topics of study: approaches to the sudy of politics; research design; normative enquiry; institutionalism; behaviouralism; comparative politics; rational choice; qualitative methods; quantitative methods 1; quantitative methods 2 –advanced techniques; ethical questions in research.
Graduate Research Skills and Professional Development I and II
Main topics of study: reviewing research aims and objectives; choosing research methods; study design, sampling, and analytical issues in the use of such methods; appropriate resources for such studies; using information technologies; managing a research project, presenting research information.
Modern Russian History and Politics
Germany Since 1945
The Atlantic World
Modern East/West Encounters
Banditry and Resistance in Africa
Main topics of study: the politics of cultural despair; rise of fascism as a political ideology and movement; blood, biology and race; national socialism as a form of fascism; generic fascism; fascism, capital and the working class; the leader and the people; fascism and ecology; fascism and contemporary Europe.
The Second World War
Main topics of study: the origins of the war in Europe and Asia; the connection between politics, culture and military strategy; the Grand Alliance; impact of technology on the course of the war; the role of intelligence; the impact and legacy of the war.
Our academic staff currently have interests in the following:
Foreign Policy, Atlantic History, American Social History, American Politics, African History, Asian History, and American Women's History.
A range of assessment methods is employed including, written coursework and examinations, presentations and the dissertation.
The programme will equip students with a range of research skills to enable them to successfully complete doctoral research in History, either as an individual or part of a team.