The MRes offers general research training and skills for those intending to pursue careers in which an understanding of research methods will be useful. It includes a major research project and in essence gives you the opportunity to experience research within one year. It is also the perfect stepping stone to a PhD programme.
The MRes is a degree suitable for students who already have a grounding in research skills usually gained at MA level: familiarity with primary sources in their original form; experience in completing an extended dissertation of which a large proportion is based on original research; knowledge and understanding of their specialism beyond that gained in undergraduate work. The degree is essentially an extended dissertation (maximum 30 to 35,000 words) worth 160 credits, examined by an external and internal examiner, possibly also involving a viva voce exam.
The Department of History is located near the West entrance of University Park Campus in Lenton Grove, an attractive 18th-century building. It is close to the Sports Centre and only a few minutes walk from the Hallward Library, and from the coffee bars, cafes and shops in the Portland Building. This is where you will find our staff offices, staff common room, teaching rooms, a computer suite and a dedicated postgraduate research student office.
The free University shuttle bus service stops just in front of our building and goes around the University Park campus and to Kings Meadow and Jubilee Park campuses. This service runs every 15 minutes during term time.
IT and Study Facilities
Research postgraduates are allocated shared office space in a dedicated research postgraduate office (nine workstations) at Lenton Grove with access to computers, printers and a scanner. There is also a microfiche/film reader and printer. All postgraduates also have access to the Department of History's on-site student computer suite with printing facilities. This facility is accessible 24 hours a day. The University also provides its students with access to general IT facilities through a number of Computer Rooms spread across its campuses. The University's Graduate School also offers postgraduate students working space, and facilities for relaxing and socialising.
Research students in the Department of History may use staff photocopying facilities free-of-charge (for reasonable usage) and in addition receive an annual allowance for photocopying and printing off-premises. Inter-Library Loan vouchers up to a specified value per annum are also available to research students.
To encourage full integration of PhD students into the Department of History's academic and social community, postgraduate students are also welcome to use the staff common room, where you can consult magazines, historical journals and reference books, find out about upcoming conferences, seminars, fellowships and awards from the departmental display-board, and use the tea- and coffee-making facilities.
The Hallward Library is dedicated to the Arts Faculty and is situated in the centre of the campus, just 10 minutes walk from our department.
The University of Nottingham Manuscripts & Special Collections are situated at Kings Meadow campus and have won recognition for their national and international importance. For further information on primary resources available see our research resources page.
Nottingham is an ideal centre for research, with excellent research facilities of its own, and an ideal central position which enables research postgraduates to access additional library and searching archival resources in Oxford, London and Cambridge.
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