Postgraduate research study in History
Full or part-time independent study opportunities
Take the opportunity to pursue an individual research project of your choosing full-time or part-time, with expert guidance and personal supervision from a member of our history team.
Our academics have an established tradition of internationally recognised research excellence in the fields of social and cultural history, political and diplomatic history, and military, maritime and naval history. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 97.6% of the History team’s research outputs (primarily books and journal articles) were considered to be internationally recognised in terms of significance, originality and rigour.
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We particularly welcome doctoral research in the following areas:
- Early modern British and French history
- British maritime, naval and military history
- British and Irish social, cultural and political history
- Twentieth-century political history of the USA
- Modern world history especially Japanese history
- Gender history
- Material history
- Heritage and history
We also welcome interdisciplinary doctoral research with colleagues in Art History, and English in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts; and with colleagues in the School of Law, Criminology and Government.
Explore the research specialisms listed and select one that ignites your interest. Learn more about the history team members who will be supervising your research in this area.Select an area of research you're interested in
A 2:1 or first-class honours degree or a masters degree from a UK higher education institution in a relevant subject.
Applicants normally have to supply a research proposal, personal statement, and occasionally evidence that they are prepared to undertake the proposed project. This may include a portfolio, or a sample of critical writing, depending on their area of study.
Other UK or overseas qualifications may also be accepted – with academic reference
Fees, costs and funding
Please visit tuition fees for postgraduate research for information about fees. This course is in Band 1 for fees purposes.
You are responsible for meeting all of the costs related to your own research project, beyond the resources available in the department.
This programme is eligible for a postgraduate loan.
How to apply
Submitting your application
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Dr Sandra Barkhof
Associate Head of School
Lecturer in Modern History
Dr Harry Bennett
Associate Professor (Reader) in History
Professor James Daybell
Professor of Early Modern British History
Dr Claire Fitzpatrick
Lecturer in History
Dr James Gregory
Associate Professor of Modern British History
Dr Daniel Grey
Lecturer in World History since 1800
Professor Daniel Maudlin
Early Modern History
Dr Elaine Murphy
Lecturer in Maritime /Naval History
Dr Simon Topping
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
Dr Jameson Tucker
Lecturer in Early Modern European History 1500-1700