Research Degrees in


in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The History section has a strong record of research and publication which encompasses a broad range of areas of expertise, including; Ancient History, Medieval History, Early Modern History, American History post-1860, Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century British History, Community History, Public History and Heritage.

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD, on a full or part-time basis. Areas of supervision include:

British and European

  • Ancient Greek History culture, socio-military history, the psychology of combat
  • Medieval Welsh History, c.1000-1500; The Welsh March in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; The Crusades; Medieval England, c.1066-1300
  • The Elizabethan Church; Connections between the European and English Reformations; Relations between Catholics, Puritans and the Elizabethan regime.
  • France, Britain or Europe from the Renaissance and Reformation to the French Revolution, especially courts and nobles, women and families, diplomacy, and intellectual history
  • Modern Jewish History in Europe and the United States, particularly Jewish-Gentile Relations and Anti-Semitism in the Late and Early Twentieth Century.
  • 20th Century Germany; German occupation of the Channel Islands
  • History of Childhood and Youth; British and German Youth Cultures
  • British Industrial Relations 1900-1930; Urban Politics 1900-1939; Cooperators and Politics 1900-1939; Ethnicity and Nationalism, Class as Social Movements, Citizenship
  • Cultural History of Modern War; European and American Military History, 1450-1920; Genocide & Persecution.
  • Retailing, Leisure and Consumption in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries


  • Twentieth-century American cultural history
  • Transatlantic cultural relations

Local, Regional and Public History

  • Memory, Memorials and Commemoration; Regional Identities and Sense of Place; Working-Class Communities; Urban History and Heritage

Russian and Asian History

  • Post-Communist Russia, Women’s History Post Communist Russia
  • History of South and Southeast Asia; Buddhist Studies
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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