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.

Duration Course type location
4 years Full-time, Part-time route available Plymouth

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.

Take a look at our completed and current PhDs.

Research specialisms

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

History and interdisciplinary research

Working with colleagues across the university

Entry requirements

Masters degree or equivalent 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 may be eligible for a PhD loan.

How to apply

Submitting your application

Complete your application and upload supporting documents to the Doctoral College by completing our online application form.

Questions on the application process?

We're here to help. Please take a look at the Doctoral College web pages where you'll find a wealth of information.

You can view or download our postgraduate research admissions policy.

If you have a disability and would like further information on the support available, please visit our Disability Services website.

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