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Research Study

For more information about potential funding and FAQ's please see our Prospective Students webpages.

To make an application, please visit the PG Admissions pages for full details.

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.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you are considering studying a MA by research to receive advice about seeking guidance about whether MA by Research is the appropriate route for you.

The Course

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 on the staff page.


There are a number of requirements to fulfil in a programme of study for a research MA degree:


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.