MRes Modern History

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £5,100
Home (per credit): £28.35
International (full-time, per year): £13,950

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Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

International admissions

+44(0)151 904 6499

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About this course

This MRes in Modern History from LJMU enables you to conduct original research in your chosen area.

  • Pursue your own interests in Modern History, under the guidance of specialist supervisors and amongst a diverse community of researchers
  • Develop an active research portfolio, exploring different aspects of 18th to 20th century history
  • Follow a curriculum informed by new developments and contemporary thinking through research, scholarship and consultancy work
  • Gain the necessary research skills to achieve rich and rewarding outcomes
  • Become a part of the academic debate and uncover materials that create new dialogues with history.
  • Benefit from this valuable foundation for progression to a PhD

Modern History is based on the assessment of historical sources, and the importance of historiography. The discipline 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). In this sense we encourage you to deal creatively and systematically with complex issues from a number of investigative vantage points.

This MRes gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in Modern History, under the guidance of specialist supervision and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers. You will be provided with a valuable foundation for progressing to PhD while also developing the skills of research, analysis, conceptualisation and argument – all highly prized competencies in many areas of employment.


You will gain the knowledge and skills required to complete an independent research project, and the opportunity to become part of an intertextual academic community that will enrich your work, inspire new interdisciplinary ideas, and open up a network of likeminded academic historians. Through the course you will develop a range of analytical skills and theoretical concepts which are relevant to Modern History. You will become a highly skilled project manager and researcher, as well as a great ideas person, able to make connections and forge new thought pathways that enable alternative ways of seeing. Thanks to our working relationships with a diverse range of Merseyside employers and organisations, you will enjoy excellent opportunities for academic and personal career development.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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 areas 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.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional and Social Studies
30 credits

This module provides a context to identify and explore opportunities for professional training and development. Through the examination of relevant professional bodies and systems, the module enhances professional knowledge, skills and understanding, and prepares you for further doctoral study.

Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Studies
30 credits

This module introduces and develops generic research skills in arts, humanities and social science. It:

  • introduces you to library, bibliographic, online and other facilities necessary for postgraduate research
  • assists you in recognising and applying appropriate strategies for developing a research project – identifying research questions, theoretical problems, material for analysis and critical position
  • develops your capacities for evaluating strengths and weaknesses in the methodologies of researchers in your field
  • helps you to gain confidence in communicating your ideas verbally to your peers, and conform to postgraduate-level standards for the presentation of written work

Research Proposition and Development: Approaches To History
30 credits

The aim of this module is to engage in independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts in relation to a range of secondary sources. It helps you to:

  • develop a knowledge of recent advances within the field and situate the proposed work accordingly
  • develop and deploy strategies for identifying and accessing relevant research resources
  • develop methodologies appropriate to specific research tasks within the field of modern history
  • develop the ability to present and defend arguments and interpretations in an appropriate and scholarly manner
  • define an appropriate area of research, map out appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks and resources and to modify an outline research project through discussion, reflection and feedback

Modern History Research Project
60 credits

This module aims to engage you in independent and critical thinking and the application of theoretical concepts. It allows you to:

  • apply knowledge of recent advances within the field and situate the proposed work accordingly
  • identify, access and critically evaluate relevant research resources
  • apply and justify methodologies appropriate to specific research tasks within the field of modern history
  • develop the ability to present and defend research findings in an appropriate and scholarly manner
  • examine an appropriate area of research and modify the project after discussion, reflection and feedback


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students attend university for teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Teaching methods

The course offers a range of approaches to learning, with peer and tutor feedback greatly encouraged. Workshop activities and tutor support facilitate formative feedback to enable you to work on your weaknesses and build on your strengths.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment on this course is primarily through coursework and includes: a historiographical review essay, a reflective research diary, seminar presentations, an evaluation of appropriate methodologies and primary sources, an outline research plan and a final research project/dissertation.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Lucinda Matthews-Jones

Lucinda Matthews-Jones

Programme leader

Lucie’s research explores the roles of domesticity, gender and class in the British university and social settlement movement. She is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled 'Settling: The Making of the British Settlement Movement, 1883-1920'. Her research has been published in leading journals including 'Victorian Studies', 'Journal of Victorian Culture', 'Women’s History', 'Cultural and Social History', and in the edited collection 'What is Masculinity? and A Cultural History of Home'. She also has an interest in material religion. She recently edited, with Timothy Jones (University of Melbourne), 'Material Religion in Modern Britain: The Spirit of Things'. Lucy is editor of the 'Journal of Victorian Culture' and managing editor of its online supplement You can find her on Twitter @luciejones83

The programme offers excellent opportunities for academic and personal career development.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building on the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Humanities and Social Science has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated postgraduate study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support the study of humanities and social science.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:1 honours degree in Modern History or a related subject

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0-6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

Applications are considered by the programme leader and at least two course tutors. They are assessed via: your application form, references, research proposal and interview.

    You will need to:

    • demonstrate sufficient knowledge to embark on the programme
    • display the potential to develop high level research skills
    • identify a research area which fits staff supervision capability (contact admissions for details)
    • demonstrate the ability and commitment to work at a postgraduate level

    Your research proposal should include:

    • the aims of the research and any sub-topics
    • a brief review of existing secondary literature and an indication of how this new research will make an original contribution
    • details of primary sources for analysis
    • information on any ethical issues
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    Research proposals are then assessed for:

    • intellectual rigour
    • fluency in argument articulation
    • evidence of engagement with critical debate
    • adherence to postgraduate presentation standards
    • relevance to the research topic

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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