History MA by Research
The breadth of expertise and experience in the History Department (forty or so full time members of staff), along with a thriving culture of research, seminars and conferences, make Warwick one of the very best universities in the UK to undertake research in history.
As a research student your closest contact will be with your supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work, and agree a programme of reading, research and writing with you.
You will be given advice about crafting independent research topics and historical skills and approaches but we normally recommend that students take the more standard MA routes, since the taught elements of these are usually the best way of framing a project and preparing you for in-depth research. The MA by Research is thus a specialist option that will only be suitable for some people and projects, and if you are contemplating an MA by Research do contact us to talk through the advantages and disadvantages.
At the core of this programme lies the design, research and composition of a dissertation (maximum length 40,000 words). Students meet regularly with their supervisor/s and other members of the department to review their progress. Alongside their research project, students are expected to follow the Warwick Historical Research Core module, Theory, Skill and Method. The dissertation is assessed by internal and external subject specialists, who have the option of requiring the candidate to attend a Viva Voce (oral) examination.
All candidates must make an online application via the University PG Admissions pages. The application will be processed by the central University Postgraduate Admissions Team, who will then pass the application form to the department for consideration.
Applicants are normally required to possess a good (2.1 or higher) undergraduate degree in History or a related discipline.
Students applying for an MA by Research should complete an application form, provide two letters of reference, and supply required transcripts of their qualifications. Students must also meet the required English Language requirements.
As admission to the programme is dependent upon the Department’s ability to offer expert supervision in the chosen field, candidates are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor or supervisors before filling in the application. A list of staff members and their research interests can be found in the staff page.
There are a number of requirements to fulfil in a programme of study for a research MA degree:
- Dissertation: maximum word-length for an MA (by Research) 40,000 words exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography. [The appendices should be no more than 5,000 words]
- Your supervisor will expect it to conform to the guidelines in the Graduate Programme 'Style Guide'.
- Completion of the 'Historical Research: Theory, Skill and Method' (TSM) course. You may also wish to explore with your supervisor the possibility of auditing one of the MA course modules.
- Attendance at Departmental seminars.
- Participation in the Postgraduate Conference (optional).
- Supervision: A complete set of guidelines can be found in the PGR Handbook.
- Progress and review procedures: see the PGR Handbook or refer to the Graduate School guide for Supervisors and Research Students.
Additional support and training are provided by the Department, Arts Faculty and the Graduate School, as well as by History’s many reading groups, seminars, workshops and conferences. History researchers will benefit from the University Library’s Research Exchange, a dedicated postgraduate conference and study area, with state-of-the-art facilities.
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a closely related subject
Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 and component scores
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
MA by research
Mark Knights, Postgraduate Research Director