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Year of Entry 2021/22

History by Research

Part-time History

Research an aspect of modern British, European or global history and become a specialist in your chosen area.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Learn to deploy ideas and information to show conceptual grasp and to shape argument
  • Work towards a 30,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor
  • Study on a course that is ideal if you want to pursue a specific topic or research area in detail

The course is designed to support students who wish to independently research in-depth a particular historical topic of interest.

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How you learn

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You will be able to demonstrate key critical and analytical skills, including the ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of sources, texts, concepts and theories relevant to the topic.

You learn through:

  • a series of workshops
  • independent research
  • research methods training

Course leaders and tutors

Niels Petersson
Niels Petersson
Professor of History

Niels's teaching at Sheffield Hallam focuses on imperial history, globalisation, international history, and research training

Applied learning

Live projects

There are regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practice delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • media
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • editing
  • publishing

The course also provides an established route into a PhD and an academic career.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • digital humanities technologies

Entry requirements

All students

Typically you need a history degree 2.1 or above. If your degree is in an unrelated subject and 2.1 or above, we will consider you on individual merit.

A research proposal needs to be submitted. For guidance on writing research proposals in the first instance please contact course leader Prof Niels P Petersson at

Overseas students whose first language is not English willbe required to provide certified competence in English language in the form ofBritish Council IELTS test band 7 or above, with a score of at least 7 in allcomponents, or equivalent. If necessary, an offer of a place to read for aresearch degree may be made subject to successful completion of an appropriateperiod of pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes training to enhanceperformance on the research degree programme above the minimum levels ofcompetence outlined above. Applicants with a first degree taught wholly inEnglish will not generally be required to provide other evidence of EnglishLanguage proficiency.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students will be aligned to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) fees which have not yet been confirmed for 2021/22. For an indication of the tuition fees, please view the 2020/21 course page.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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