Are you thinking about studying History at Masters Level?  The national research centre for History, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) are now offering three different Masters courses for you to choose from.

MA Historical Research

The IHR have long run a Masters course which has always changed with the times. This year we are offering a new, improved, and revised MA in Historical Research. The course is tailored to individual research interests, allowing students to focus on the issues and controversies which interest them the most.

Students are able to take advantage of the various short courses run by the IHR… and have done so with profit.   With its rich programme of research seminars and events on offer, the IHR is clearly a stimulating environment in which to undertake a Masters programme….

– Professor Roey Sweet, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, External Examiner 2013

The course is devised of three modules offering key skills in historical approaches, sources and methods. Field trips and museum visits are a key part of the training, uniquely available from our central London site. We not only provide in-house training from our resident academics, but also bring in other experts from across the country to ensure that our training is not only excellent value for money, but offers the opportunity to study under many of the experts in their field wherever in the country they might reside.

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MRes in Historical Research

For those students particularly interested in continuing their education to the PhD level or following a career in research in industry or the public sector, the IHR are now offering for the first time an MRes degree. This is a research-based modular postgraduate course consisting of four modules (two core modules, a research pathway module, and a dissertation). If you undertake this course you will develop the skills necessary to complete a substantial piece of research, gain vital transferable skills, and have a wider understanding of educational research methodologies.

‘Without doubt the IHR is an ideal location for this MRes with its combination of traditional and digital archive resources, which offer both a full range of primary materials and importantly the core research and discovery tools. In addition the IHR also offers an attractive range of supplementary skills packages which could be offered for specialist purposes. With all of these aspects managed within one physical space, the MRes promises to be an effective an high quality degree programme, operated under the auspices of an already proven SAS system.’

– Justin Champion MA PhD (Cantab) FRHistS, FSA,  Legacy Professor of the Early Modern History of Ideas, Royal Holloway University of London

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MA in Garden and Landscape History

For some years now the IHR have included a short course in Garden history as part of their wider programme of courses. By popular demand we are now expanding this provision by offering an MA in Garden and Landscape History. The subject connects with landscape and architectural history, social, cultural and economic history, archaeology, horticultural sciences and landscape architecture, making this a truly cross-disciplinary study.

‘We are very pleased to be launching this new MA programme in Garden and Landscape History. By studying this subject in an interdisciplinary way, the programme will allow students to acquire a range of skills, from history, horticulture, architecture, garden archaeology and other subjects. They will develop a rich understanding of the development of gardens and landscapes in Britain and in other countries, from the sixteenth century to the present day, and an appreciation of their cultural importance over the centuries.’

– Matthew Davies, Professor of Urban History and Director of the IHR’s Centre for Metropolitan History

The IHR is the perfect place to study garden history. Each term we run a number of seminars covering gardens and landscapes including the Locality and Region seminar, Medieval and Tudor London seminar, and Metropolitan History seminar. For the last three years these seminars have been joined by a fortnightly History of Gardens and Landscapes seminar. In addition the IHR is home to many of the digital resources essential to studying this subject.  From primary sources on British History Online, to the Bibliography of British and Irish History, and History Online, we offer a truly excellent space for teaching and research.  The IHR is also home to the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History.

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All courses are offered full-time or part-time. To find out more about the Institute of Historical Research have a look at their website To find out more about other Postgraduate opportunities at the School of Advanced Study have a look at the SAS Graduate Study pages.