If you’d like to study for an MPhil or PhD, we can offer you a very friendly, supportive and stimulating environment, as one of the largest history departments in the country.Subject Overview
You’d be joining a thriving graduate community that makes a significant contribution to the life of the School, including running our New Research Seminar Series.
Our MPhil and PhD programmes place a strong emphasis on independent research and study. You’ll be allocated two supervisors (normally experts in your chosen field) to support you through the process of researching and writing your thesis.
We’ll provide a comprehensive research skills training programme, along with facilities that for full-time research students include use of shared office an office equipment, as well as your own networked PC.
Our postgraduate research students work on a broad range of historical themes, regions and periods, as well as in specialist fields such as archives and record-keeping. Here are some examples of recently completed PhD theses:-
- Imperial history and Italian history in the 10th and 11th centuries
- Negotiating the Urban Environment: the Role of Space in Late Medieval Craft Identities
- Penance in the English Reformation
- Queenship in early modern Europe: negotiating gender and power
- Witchcraft, Demonic Possession and Religious Tension in Early Modern Lancashire
- Metropolitan Control on the Iberian Atlantic: the Visitor General in New Spain (1600-1650)
- The Emergence of Popular Radicalism in Spain 1833-1868
- Cartoon representations of the early socialist and labour movements in Britain, c. 1880-1935
- The British and Greek press coverage of the Yugoslav Wars
- Caroline Ware and the politics of consumption
We work hard to give our PhD students the skills they need for a career in higher education, providing opportunities for undergraduate teaching and training, as well as workshops on disseminating historical research.