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The award

How long you will study
1 - 4 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 3900 per year

How you will study

Course starts
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International course fees
GBP 12849 per year

All study options

About History at University of Liverpool

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.

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Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from well qualified graduates who wish to undertake research programmes leading to a PhD on either a full or part-time basis. For research we similarly expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree in the first or 2:1 class in a relevant subject. To apply to study for a PhD you should have both a BA and an MA in History or a related discipline. For research degree programmes the typical minimum entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Equivalent overseas degrees together with an acceptable English language qualification are also accepted, please see below. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications. PhD students are allowed to progress into their next year of study if the assessed work at the time of the Annual Progress Report is at appropriate PhD level. Students registered for an MPhil also have to satisfactorily complete an Annual Progress Report. International Qualifications Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. English Language Qualifications All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language, and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc. Please see for a full list. If you meet our other academic requirements but do not achieve the required level of English, it is possible to come and study at Liverpool on the University’s summer academic English programmes. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 0.5 (eg you need to improve from 6.0 to 6.5) you should attend the six week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a grade of 1.0 (eg you need to improve from 5.5 to 6.5) you should attend the ten week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 1.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.0) you should attend the 19 week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 (eg you need to improve from 4.5 to 6.5) you should attend the 29 week course. If you need to increase your IELTS score by a band of 2.0 or 2.5 (eg you need to improve from 4.0 to 6.0 or 4.0 to 6.5) you should attend the 40 week course. If you require additional English language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Unit, details of which are available at IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) TOEFL iBT 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading – 22, Speaking 23 International Baccalaureate Standard Level 5 Hong Kong use of English AS level C INDIA Standard XII 70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards WAEC C4-6

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