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Postgraduate Taught

MRes Economic and Social History

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline History


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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Training in social science research techniques to enable you to undertake cutting-edge research
  • Gain core academic, personal and key skills that are both relevant and transferable to employment
  • Draw on the expertise of highly respected research centres at the forefront of their respective disciplines
  • Take part 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 research

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Programme Director: Dr Elin Jones

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

We are 6th in the UK for research in History

Based on our GPA in REF 2021

Top 100 in world subject rankings for History

QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

Top 10 in UK subject rankings for History

10th in the Complete University Guide 2024

Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

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.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

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.


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.

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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.

Recent careers

Some destinations of graduates from History programmes are:

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

Employment support

While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.

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