About your course
Housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences you will be well-placed to conduct original research in your chosen area of Modern History with this Master of Research course. Become a part of the academic debate and uncover materials that create new dialogues with history.
- A valuable foundation for progression to a PhD
- An 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
- A dedicated Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History
Studying history at LJMU was enjoyable and enriching. 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.
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.
You will be taught, mentored and supervised by academic staff who are passionate, experienced and active in respect of critical social scientific research and the knowledge and skills you acquire will allow you to progress to doctoral research in the social sciences or are transferable to a range of academic, professional and commercial occupations.
In the 2014 REF, 81% of research submitted by Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at LJMU was either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
The Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History conducts research in in the following areas:
- Representation and identity (particularly representations of gender) and cultural politics
- 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, labour history Criminology, including policy responses to young people in trouble
- Child welfare
- Penal systems
- Illegal and problematic drug use
- Corporate crime
- Night-time economies in the city
Why study this course at LJMU?
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.
LJMU provides you with the freedom of a truly cross-disciplinary environment, fully equipped with the respective experts and facilities that will enable you to realise a project from conception to its final intended outcomes. In studying this MRes in 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.
As well as your independent study, the relationships you build within our academic community will enable you to bring in your own area of interest and, through your tutorials, explore how that interplays with the research interests of your academic guides and peers. This fertile ground for investigation will also be enriched through our interdisciplinary Research Cafés, Special Collection archives, and our subject dedicated library staff who will support your research.
Programme outline and structure
This Modern History MRes degree programme will give you 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.
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.
Through the programme you will develop a range of analytical skills and theoretical concepts which are relevant to Modern History. At Masters 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 that will enable you to achieve rich and rewarding outcomes both during and in the culmination of your research.
Modules, core and optional
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Professional development for researchers in arts, professional and social studies
- Research methods for arts, professional and social studies
- Modern history: research proposition and development
- Modern history research project
How will I be assessed?
Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.
Assessment of knowledge and understanding is primarily through coursework as represented in:
- historiographical review essay
- a reflective research diary
- seminar presentations
- evaluation of appropriate methodologies and primary sources
- outline research plan
- your final research project/dissertation
Staff research interests
Your self-directed study will be supported by a surrounding framework of expertise, within a scholarly community that hosts regular seminars, lectures and a fertile platform for the dissemination of research
All staff teaching on the MRes are themselves research active with the following areas of interest and expertise:
Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson
18th and 19th century British popular culture; political culture; representations and symbols; regional identity; historical theory and methodology; celebrations.
Dr David Clampin
20th century popular culture; the Home Front during the Second World War; propaganda; advertising; newspapers; historical theory and methodology.
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.
Dr Katherine Harbord
National identity - especially creation and promotion; myth and narrative in history; memory collective memory and commemoration; uses and abuses of history and archaeology.
Dr Matthew Hill
Current research is broken into two streams. First examines the H. W. Bush administration’s (1988-1992) foreign policy, in particular how democracy promotion was conceived and constructed by the administration with reference to the Iraq invasion of Kuwait (1991). Second, examines the Middle East and North Africa and how the EU, US and UN adapted their democracy assistance so local actors have more control over the direction of the recipient state’s development.
Dr Lucie Matthews-Jones
19th century urban and religious history; material culture; gender history; and, art and architectural history.
Dr Alex Miles
Specialises in twentieth-century American foreign policy, with a focus on the post-Cold War era and executive level formulation of grand strategy.
Dr Gillian O’Brien
18th and 19th century American and Irish history; newspaper history; Anglo-Irish relations; urban history; and, Irish Republicanism.
Dr Chris Vaughan
Specialises in twentieth century African history.
Dr Emma Vickers
Works on sexuality in twentieth century Britain with a particular focus on LGBTQ involvement in the British Armed Forces.
Prof. Nick White
20th century imperial and Asian history; economic history; business history; British decolonisation; the history of Malaysia.
Entry requirements (Home)
You will normally be expected to have a 2:1 or a first class Honours degree in Modern History or related subject in order to be considered for this programme.
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.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 Visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of Visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
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; research proposal and interview.
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)
6.5 (Min. 5.5 (7 in writing) in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Scholarships for taught masters students
LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must:
- be a UK or EU resident
- have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
- want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
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.
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.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that 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.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes