MRes Economic and Social History

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • History
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


The MRes in Economic and Social History will allow you to focus specifically on economic and social history and its methods of analysis, including a firm grounding in social science methodology, while giving you the opportunity to study other topics in international history, religious and cultural history, political history, naval or gender history. 

You can select from option modules that include subjects such as work and wealth in early modern England; health, medicine; gender and the body; party politics and international diplomacy; and the impact of modern wars on culture, economy, society and memory.

The MRes provides essential training for PhD study in Economic and Social History, as well as an opportunity to develop particular interests in the history of different countries and periods through taught modules and a dissertation of up to 25,000 words on a topic of your choosing within the MRes programme subject area.

Programme features

  • training in social science research techniques to enable you to undertake cutting-edge research
  • produces graduates who are highly competent in subject-specific, core academic, and personal and key skills that are both relevant and transferable to employment.
  • draws on the expertise of a number of highly respected research centres which are at the forefront of their respective disciplines
  • participation in joint seminar programmes offering insights into a very wide range of research cultures and specialisms
  • excellent preparation for students intending to continue on to doctoral-level research with a good track record in obtaining funding for further study

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation of up to 25,000 words.

Research centres

Our research centres regularly hold seminars and other research events which Masters students are welcome to attend. Visit our research centres web page to find out more.


A degree in Economic and Social History, will provide you with a wide range of skills which will be useful in your future study or employment. Our students develop skills in researching, analysing and assessing sources, particularly quantitative analysis, written and verbal communication, managing and interpreting information and developing ideas and arguments. Some of our graduates choose to follow their interest in their degree studies with further study. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter a wide variety of careers.

Some destinations of graduates from History programmes are:

Assistant Archivist
Assistant Visitor Services Manager
Associate Research Fellow
Foreign Expert
HR Coordinator
Marketing & PR Executive
Media Planner
Ministry Assistant
National Trust Volunteer Internship
Personal Assistant
PhD Study in History
PR Intern
Recruitment Consultant
Relay Worker
Research Fellow
Sabbatical Officer
Speech Assisted Pre-Recorded Subtitler
Strategic Analyst
Trainee Trust and Estates Practitioner
Trust Administrator

‌Find out more about careers in History


Students have access to excellent historical resources. The University Library is especially strong in the fields of national and local English history. It also possesses the extensive archive of the Nazi Party Chancellery on microfiche, as well as archives of the Comintern and both archival and printed collections for British history on microfilm. Resources in the South West such as the Cathedral Archives dating back to Saxon times, and major library and archive collections in London are within easy reach. All postgraduates are entitled to a free place at the Institute of Historical Research in London.

The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies also has a small specialist library, and students taking modules in maritime or naval history can benefit from access to the full collection of publications of the Navy Records Society and of the Hakluyt Society, and to an ever growing number of electronic resources dedicated to Maritime and Naval History.

You will also have access to use the new £1.2 million Digital Humanities Lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab will allow you to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine in greater detail and share discoveries with the public. For more information view our Digital Humanities Lab page.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a History related discipline, with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Exceptions may be made  for students with relevant experience or qualifications depending on the submission of written work work and/or interview. Students with combined honours degrees must have studied at least 1/3 of their degree in History-related modules or or have some background in Economic and Social History, or cognate experience in Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Economics, English, Human Geography or related subjects.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

Admissions Office - Exeter

Web: Enquire online

Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK callers)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

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