Research course


The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree (or its equivalent for overseas applicants) in History or other relevant area, plus the equivalent level of achievement in a recognised MA programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD is a three-year 'course' with strong support from a supervisor and an associate supervisor, who, together with one other academic, also comprise an advisory research panel. Ongoing research training in relevant matters, e.g. tailor-designed training in certain foreign languages, in presentation of conference papers, etc; plus career development advice, is built into all years of the programme. PhD research proceeds in the context of a vibrant PhD community (about 40 strong) which organises its own research seminar. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation that is an original contribution to historical knowledge.

Department specialisms

Social and Cultural History (All Periods); European History (Medieval to Modern); Modern Economic History. Please visit the University of Manchester website for full details of current staff and their research interests.

Information for international students

Mentor scheme; Students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0, or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based), or 250 (computer based). Specialist English language training available.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year). This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the school website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 275 3144