The MA in Historical Research is taught by nationally and internationally renowned historians whose breadth of interests is one of the strengths of the programme. Our current research interests include the poor and marginalised in nineteenth- and twentieth-century London, historical writing and theory, local history, gender and crime, the history of the family, microhistory, early modern cultural history and medieval archeology. Together the modules reveal some of the most influential theoretical positions and methodologies in historical scholarship today.
In January 2008 we are introducing in stages a distance learning version of the MA, which will initially enable students, especially those following the local history pathway, to obtain their degree by the end of 2009 (a full distance learning programme will be in place by then).
History at Roehampton was rated 5 (out of 5*) in the last Research Assessment Exercise. Members of the History team contribute modules in their particular specialist areas.
Roehampton has a Centre for English Local History. Students have the opportunity to attend monthly postgraduate and regular research seminars featuring nationally and internationally respected guest lecturers. An annual postgraduate conference takes place in the summer.
A special emphasis on Local History is available at both Diploma and MA level by a named pathway.
Field trips and visits to museums and record offices are included in many modules.
There is easy access to the National Archives in Kew nearby, as well as to the record offices in London and Surrey, and to the libraries and museums in London.
The programme has proved to be valuable to a wide range of students from the UK and overseas. They can pursue their interests in specific periods and topics and thereby learn to evaluate different historical approaches and a rich variety of source material ranging from written documents to artefacts, fiction a