Modern History MRes
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (3 years max.)
Start date: September
Expected Intake: 4
- The programme
- Supporting information
- Entry requirements
- Finance and fees
- How to apply
- Employment and careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- A valuable foundation for progression to a PhD
- Focus on developing advanced research skills
- Active research portfolio exploring different aspects of 18th to 20th century history
- Research, scholarship and consultancy work helps ensure the programme is up-to-date with new developments and contemporary thinking
- Dedicated Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
This programme will equip you with a range of knowledge and skills for undertaking and completing an independent research project. It is based on the assessment of historical sources and the importance of historiography, but also acknowledges that approaches from other fields in the humanities and social sciences frequently enhance our knowledge of Modern History (from the late eighteenth century to contemporary times).
Through the programme you will develop a range of analytical skills and theoretical concepts which are relevant to Modern History. At Master’s level you are expected to engage with primary sources and historical debates, so that your own research can demonstrate a variety of appropriate methods and be related to the work of others in the relevant field. As this process will involve identifying and accessing appropriate sources, archives and other relevant information, you will be taught the necessary research skills.
Over the course of the programme you will take two modules: Research Methods for Media, Arts and Social Sciences, and Professional Development for Researchers in Media, Arts and Social Sciences. These modules will provide you with a range of general research skills and enhance your personal and career development within the Arts and Humanities generally. You will also take the Research Proposition and Development module, taught exclusively by History staff, and finally your research project/dissertation: Modern History Research Project.
The School of Humanities and Social Science provides an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons at postgraduate level, leading you to a broad range of career opportunities. Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which contributes to the teaching and learning methods you will experience here. Current research interests include; 18th and 19th century British popular culture; 20th century popular culture; 20th century British labour and political history; Anglo-German relations in the 20th century; 18th and 19th century British imperial history; 20th century imperial and Asian history.
Through our Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History staff conduct research in English Literature and Cultural History including 17th, 19th and 20th Century British Literature and Cultural History; Women’s Writing; Critical and Feminist Theory; History including British decolonisation, the British empire, Nazi Germany, and labour history.
Our working relationships with Merseyside employers and organisations may benefit you in both academic and personal career development.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The MRes is a programme designed to introduce and develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding: teaching will therefore also draw on a wide range of teaching methods. There will be some formal lectures to introduce a specific issue, set of skills, or knowledge base; there will also be staff-led seminars with other MRes students. One-to-one tutorials and supervisions with tutors will also, however, be a key feature of teaching and drawn upon more often than at undergraduate level. You will also be expected to deliver papers and to organise discussion groups with other students where it is appropriate, in order to consider shared concerns and questions, or to exchange research experiences.
This is an important part of the reflective element within your Masters programme. We also expect you to attend research seminars and lectures by visiting speakers whenever possible.
Introduction to the School
The School of Humanities and Social Science provides an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons at postgraduate level, leading you to a broad range of career opportunities. Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which contributes to the teaching and learning methods you will experience here. You will join a warm and friendly learning community, offering excellent learning resources and first class student support. Our working relationships with Merseyside employers and organisations may benefit you in both academic and personal career development. We are situated in an historic part of Liverpool, close to the Anglican Cathedral and a short walk from cafes, bars and the cultural quarter.
Staff research interests
The current academic staff in the Department of History and their particular research interests are listed below:
Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson
18th and 19th century British popular culture; political culture; representations and symbols; regional identity; historical theory and methodology; celebrations. Publications include: a history of the county of Cardigan and articles on tenant/landlord relations, political fiction, travel writing and St David's day and jubilee celebrations.
Dr David Clampin
20th century popular culture; the Home Front during the Second World War; propaganda; advertising; newspapers; historical theory and methodology. Publications include: articles on advertising during the Second World War.
Prof Sam Davies
20th century British labour and political history; dock labourers and their political and industrial organisation; the development of the British Labour Party; local politics in interwar England and Wales; the history of Liverpool and Merseyside; the philosophy of history. Publications include: books on the development of the Labour Party in Liverpool, County Borough Elections and dockworkers.
Dr Frank McDonough
Anglo-German relations in the 20th century; the media and foreign policy; Nazi Germany (particularly resistance movements); the Holocaust; 20th century European history.
Publications include: books on Neville Chamberlain, the Edwardian Conservative Party and Anglo-German relations, the Holocaust and Sophie Scholl.
Dr Nick White
20th century imperial and Asian history; economic history; business history; British decolonisation; the history of Malaysia. Publications include: books on British decolonisation and the latecolonial and post-colonial history of Malaya/Malaysia with a particular focus on business history.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through written coursework; reflective and annotated bibliographies; oral presentation; research project/dissertation.
What do past and present students say about the course?
"The MRes in Modern History was an extremely useful experience. Focusing on research meant that I was able to discover and develop skills that I would have been oblivious to if I hadn't done the course and it undoubtedly played a major role in helping me to secure a PhD bursary. I enjoyed carrying out research and producing a more extensive piece of original work than my undergraduate dissertation.”
Lee Collins, History
"Studying history at LJMU was enjoyable and enriching. The staff are 'student focussed' with very open lines of communication. The syllabus was wide-ranging and introduced me to many new facets of historical theory and practice, as well as providing important professional and social skills. During the course, I secured a privately sponsored PhD bursary. I am grateful for all the time and effort the staff put into my personal and professional development."
Nicholas Wong, History
Students should normally have a high 2:1 or a first class degree in Modern History or a related subject.
Overseas applicants should have acquired passes in appropriate examinations in their country of origin and provide evidence of English language ability. Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in Academic Writing must be achieved.
Application and Selection
The decision to admit a candidate to the programme will depend upon:
- A sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme;
- The potential to develop research skills to an appropriate level;
- Identification of a research area commensurate with appropriate staff resources for supervision and relevant to the research directions of the programme (research proposals should typically fall within the research interests of the staff. However, alternate topics outside these areas will be considered on a case by case basis);
- Evidence of the learning capability and commitment to work at postgraduate level.
Applications will be considered by the Programme Leader(s) and at least two programme tutors, and will be based upon: application form; references; and a research proposal.
The research proposal will be assessed for: intellectual rigour; fluency in articulation of an argument; evidence of engagement with critical debate; adherence to presentation standards as required at postgraduate level; relevance to research topic.
Research proposals submitted for approval might be expected to include the following information:
- aims of the research (including the sub-topics likely to be covered
- a brief review of the existing secondary literature on the topic, and an indication of how the research might make an original contribution
- indentification of primary sources for analysis
- a discussion of methods of data collection and analysis
- any ethical issues which are likely to arise (e.g. if interviewing is going to be widely used)
Applications should be submitted by 22nd June 2012. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview between 16th and 20th July (these dates are subject to change).
Will I be interviewed?Yes
Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £3,700. Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £20.50 per credit.
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2013-2014 are £11,055. Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.
Home and EU student fees can be paid in full or by instalments throughout the academic year. International students must pay 50% to enrol and the remaining balance within 4 months of enrolment.
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email email@example.com for guidance and support.
Bursaries are awarded to applicants after they attend interview.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
Successful completion of this course will place you in a position to progress to doctoral research in Modern History or a related area, or to bring the skills in argument, presentation, organisation and research that you have acquired to other forms of employment. The course also aims to equip you with the full range of research training that is demanded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRC) and other relevant funding bodies for grants given to doctoral researchers.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
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