Prospective postgraduates

Programme structure

The programme aims to introduce you to independent research. You will be examined through coursework and a 15,000 word dissertation.

The programme combines lectures, seminars, tutorials, and computer-lab sessions. The skills and theory imparted in the research-training courses, along with many of the assignments, are designed to feed directly into the final dissertation work.

You complete three compulsory courses (60 credits in total), two skills courses (40 credits in total) and will select a further option course of your choice (20 credits) from a variety on offer, subject to availability. You will also work towards an independently researched dissertation (60 credits) of 15,000 words.

This programme includes ESRC-recognised research training courses in research design and methodology skills.

Training in transferable skills is also available, both within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and through the Institute for Academic Development (IAD).

Taught courses

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching.


You will undertake a piece of independent research which results in a 15,000 word dissertation which is submitted on an assigned date in mid-August.