Research course

History and Culture:Research

Bath Spa University · School of Humanities and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent. A relevant master's degree is also preferred. Applicants should note that they will normally be required to undertake research training as part of their studies unless they can demonstrate equivalent prior training (eg through a relevant Master's programme). Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance. Application for formal registration for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Historians in the Centre balance academic engagement with purposeful public involvement, especially through the broadcast media. Their research expertise, which stretches from the medieval to the modern and extends from South Asia and Western Europe to America, falls into two overarching research areas: Gender & Culture; and Conflict & Resolution. Within these themes, individual research fields include:

  • sexuality and gender
  • material culture
  • political culture
  • urban history (including the history of spa resorts)
  • history of emotions
  • music and sport
  • pre-modern diplomacy
  • espionage and counterespionage
  • policing
  • slavery and abolition
  • race and migration
  • international history (including the rise of political Islam)

Department specialisms

Early modern/modern British/European social, political and cultural history; Irish history; the history of the Islamic world; gender, politics and identity. The Department's new Centre for the History and Culture: the Urban Experience encourages applications exploring the cultural history of the town and questions around gender, space, place and environment.

Information for international students

International students who do not have English as their first language may have to undertake an IELTS or TOEFL language test. The minimum accepted standard would be 6.5 on the IELTS scale. A higher standard for admission may be required in some fields.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


full time
18 - 36 months
part time
30 - 48 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496