Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in History you will:
We can supervise a wide range of History research projects. We are proud of the broad geographical and temporal scope of our research. We have particular thematic expertise in:
We can offer academic supervision in the following areas:
Our dynamic research encompasses a wide range of topics and periods, from childhood in ancient Egypt to memorialisations of the Second World War, and from crusading bishops to youth cultures in modern Britain.
You will become a member of our new History Research Centre, which brings together over 50 established and emerging scholars to undertake research and public engagement that addresses the important questions of history and the contemporary world. The History Research Centre organises lectures, seminars and engagement activities throughout the year.
We are a world-leading centre of public history. For over 20 years, the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage (formerly the Manchester Centre for Regional History) has undertaken rigorous, impactful research into the relationships connecting people, places and the past. You will benefit from our strong links with local heritage bodies in the North West, including the People’s History Museum, The National Trust and Chetham’s Library, Manchester.
You will also be a member of our Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC). PAHC is a dedicated forum for postgraduate students in the Arts and Humanities. It provides:
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
Our intellectually rigorous research degrees will equip you with the necessary skills to pursue academic research in History and related disciplines.
Our emphasis on public engagement and comprehensive research training equips you with higher-level skills, which will allow you to go on to senior roles in a range of professions. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable connections with archivists, historians, librarians, community archaeologists, curators, conservationists, and a range of other roles within the cultural and archival sectors.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Please refer to our Fees page for more information on tuition fees.
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in History are advertised on our site.
We are a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the Arts and Humanities. Please contact us for more information.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification. We also expect that you will have an MA or Masters level degree, but in exceptional circumstances may offer you a place to study a PhD without an MA.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Kathryn Hurlock, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for History.
For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty’s research degrees administration team: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 5412.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.