We normally require either a good honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject. If it has been some time since your first degree we also give weight to other evidence of your research potential and to your work experience. If you want to do research in a subject other than that of your first degree, or if you have been out of formal higher education for a number of years, you may consider that the School's MA Programme would be a better first step than applying directly to do a research degree.
Months of entry
January, September, April
History offers students the opportunity to get involved in one of the most exciting History Departments in the country.
Our Historians were rated among the top fourteen Departments in the country in the recent RAE, 65% of the Department's research was rated either 'world class' or 'world leading'. It is also an international centre for the History of Medicine, and because of these research strengths students can get involved in undergraduate courses that are taught by leading experts in their field.
British Social and Political History; Crime and Society; Historical Demography; European Industrialisation Processes; Fascism; Imperialism and Nationalism; Modern European History; Poverty, Welfare and Social Policy.
Information for international students
If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.
Fees and funding
Funding opportunities can be found at:
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Research Administrator
- +44 (0)1865 484998