• Historical Research

Why study at Roehampton

  • 100% of History research is rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for the impact it is has on society (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Benefit from our flexible evening and online teaching sessions.
  • Gain professional experience in workplace-based research with our tailored research internship.
  • Enhance your knowledge of historical methodology, theory and archival practice.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

    The MA in Historical Research gives you the opportunity to study different approaches to the research and writing of history, with a specialised focus on recent and innovative theoretical and methodological developments. You will study with a team of experts covering both the early modern and modern histories of the British Isles, and parts of Europe. Alongside our general pathway, we offer specialised pathways in Social and Cultural History, and a part-time pathway in Archival Practice and Local History via distance learning.

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    The master's programme offers you the opportunity to refine your knowledge and practice of historical research, and is ideal for those seeking further study in History, a career in the museum or heritage industries, or simply to develop personal research interests. At Roehampton you will benefit from:

    • A research internship, offering research-led experience in local and national flagship historical, archival and heritage settings, such as the Institute of Historical Research, the Surrey History Centre and the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library.
    • A broad and rich syllabus, from family history to oral history techniques, from food studies to crime history, focusing on developing methods and skills applicable in any historical research project and environment.
    • Exceptional staff-student support, through small-group sessions, one-on-one tutorials and Roehampton's excellent academic learning, library and employability staff. Whether continuing on from undergraduate studies, or returning to study after a break, you will be supported in your skills to flourish.

    Distance learning options allow students away from London to follow a pathway in Archival Practice and Local History, supported by our excellent virtual learning environment and flexible part-time study options.

    All students on the MA Historical Research take two core modules. The Theory and Methods Module gives you the specialised skills needed to be a historical researcher, and the 15,000 word Dissertation allows you to pursue an independent and research topic in-depth.

    You are also able to study a further four thematic modules from our current range, which changes year by year. If you choose to study full-time, the academic year runs from September to September; and if you study part-time, you can vary the pace of study to suit your needs.

    Thematic Modules
    • Research Internship
    • Eating the Renaissance: Cultures of Early Modern Food
    • Explanation in the History of the Family
    • The Big House and Estate 1480-1700: a Cultural and Social History
    • Ritual, Riot and Rebellion: Understanding Popular Politics in England 1500-1950
    • Crime in the Archives: Nineteenth Century Britain
    • Medicine and the Politics of Health from Cholera to the NHS
    • Oral History
    • Paleography and Source Analysis
    • Beginners Latin
    • Gender and Crime in Ancient Greece
    • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe

    *Please note that only a selection of options will be available each year.

    Example modules

    • Ritual, Riot and Rebellion: Understanding Popular Politics in England 1500–1950
    • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
    • Crime in the Archives

    Career options

    Employment in the creative and heritage industries, e.g. publishing, museums and archives, the media, or in any sector that prizes research and communication skills eg. teaching, marketing, media and law. Also ideal for those interested in further academic study.




    Number of credits

    PGDip: 120; MA: 180

    Postgraduate entry requirements »


    Humanities »


    1 year (full-time); 2-4 years (part-time).

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    Tuition fees

    £5,800 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
    £323 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

    £13,000 (2016; full-time International)
    £725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

    For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

    Programme outline

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    Further information

    Professor Glyn Parry »
    glyn.parry@roehampton.ac.uk »
    +44 (0)20 8392 5793

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