Master's Degree in Medieval studies in Stirling in United Kingdom

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A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

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MRes in Historical Research

University of Stirling
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Stirling + 1 more

The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. [+]

Masters in Medieval studies in Stirling in United Kingdom. The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year course that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. The Master's of Research (MRes) is designed to enable students to become well-trained historians and to demonstrate their fitness to undertake research to doctoral level at Stirling or other universities in Britain and overseas. Both are achieved through the completion of independent study modules, field seminars and skills training, under supervision. It is also possible to follow an Environmental History pathway and complete an MRes in Historical Research: Environmental History Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Accreditation The MRes programme and all constituent modules are constructed in line with the University's academic procedures and are fully assessed and externally examined. The programme is recognised by both the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council both of whom have given PhD awards to outstanding Stirling graduates of the MRes. Course objectives This programme prepares you for further research: to co-ordinate the provision of additional or external skills training and to develop the application of research skills students will obtain practical experience of devising and applying a research method to interrogate primary sources qualitative and quantitative analyses the application of IT in information retrieval, especially bibliographical database software, communication skills, written and oral project design involving the conceptualisation of research questions and the presentation of data and data analysis What makes us different? Entry requirements Academic requirements A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Research proposal required (1,500 word maximum). English language requirements If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20 Scholarships & funding University of Stirling Postgraduate Merit Scholarship The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Master's course or £1,000 for part-time study. If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. Structure and content The Master of Research in Historical Research is a one-year programme that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. Historiography: Students taking the MRes undertake independent study of the historical literature of a chosen field. Coursework comprises a 10,000-word paper that critically reviews historians' works and identifies a topic suitable for original research in a dissertation (module 4 below). There are no classes; one-to-one supervisory sessions are scheduled at mutually convenient times. Research Skills Training: Students plan a personal itinerary, with direction, that entails attendance at events organised by the Stirling Graduate School and Stirling historians through training modules. Sessions include personal development and career planning, making grant applications, undertaking qualitative and quantitative analyses and database management. An intensive, one-week programme covers history-specific related discipline skills including historical approaches, documentary editing, palaeography, and using biographical sources. Extra classes in languages can be arranged. Students attend History research seminars and present a short working paper at the History postgraduate symposium in June. Coursework involves the preparation of a research bibliography for the dissertation and due performance at skills workshops. Sources and Methods: Students discuss with their supervisor how to apply and develop their research skills. This may entail further training, such as in languages or palaeography, or attendance at external courses on relational database construction or social theory. Students also examine a body of sources related to their research topic, and practice the methods that they have been learning. Coursework comprises: a 5,000-word paper explaining the research 'value' and significance of the selected sources and setting out the appropriate concepts, theories and methods to be used in analysis and interpretation; and a skills test based on methods and sources. Dissertation: Having researched the existing secondary literature and the primary sources, and having received training in appropriate research skills, students now go on to complete a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. Delivery and assessment Delivery is primarily through one to one sessions with the member of staff who will supervise your dissertation and provide direct feedback on Historiography and Sources and Methods. Training and skills elements are planned in discussion with your supervisor and these will comprise activities in four areas: generic skills; employability skills' breadth of knowledge, subject-specific skills. Students must attend the one-week programme and history and related discipline skills in early December and must give a short paper on their own research at the Stirling postgraduate conference in early June. Modes of study The Master's of Research in Historical Research is a one-year taught programme that is research-oriented and allows specialisation in particular research areas. Students are allocated an individual supervisor to direct their independent study and plan the curriculum to reflect their interests and needs. Students should maintain regular contact with supervisors through email and an agreed schedule of meetings to discuss their work and review draft submissions. Study abroad opportunities A significant proportion of our graduates continue their studies abroad, mainly in the USA. Students who have undertaken the MRes have been successful in securing external funding to help their research abroad. Chris Minty, who graduated from the MRes in 2011 and was awarded a PhD from Stirling in 2015 was awarded two prestigious Fellowships. They were the William A. Dearborn Fellowship in American History, Houghton Library, Harvard University, and a Robert L. Middlekauff Fellowship at the Huntington Library. Chris also held a number of other fellowships: Larry J. Hackman Research Residency, New York State Archives, 2012-2013 Eccles Centre Fellowship, British Library Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Jacob M. Price Short-Term Visiting Fellowship, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada Scholarship for 2012-2014 Career opportunities The MRes has been designed with three career destinations in mind: to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level as a route to an academic career as a higher degree in its own right The MRes will also enhance continuing professional development, particularly in teaching, journalism, marketing, and heritage management through in-depth study of particular fields; by aiming to develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the programme provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors. Most of our graduates go on to study for a PhD either by continuing at Stirling or at another University in the UK, Europe or North America. Recent graduates have secured posts in firms and institutions as varied as Historic Scotland, Sea World, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Chances to expand your horizons There is a lively series of guest lectures which students can attend on this programme. Where are our graduates now? The MRes has been designed with three career destinations in mind: to prepare graduate students for further research at doctoral level and as a route to an academic career as a higher degree in its own right to enhance continuing professional development, particularly in teaching, journalism, marketing, and heritage management through in-depth study of particular fields; by aiming to develop critical analytical skills and research techniques, the programme provides preparation for a wide variety of research-based careers in the public and private sectors Employability Skills you can develop through this programme command of a substantial body of historical knowledge understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the context of the past read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities recognise there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline marshal an argument, be self-disciplined and independent intellectually express themselves orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information analyse and solve problems use effectively ICT, information retrieval and presentation skills exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views show empathy and imaginative insight prepare for further academic research such as a Phd In addition, our students have the opportunity to further develop their transferable skills through voluntary internships working on collections of material held within the Division (The Scottish Political Archive and the University's own archive (e.g. UNESCO recognised Royal Scottish National Institution for mentally disabled children). 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