Research course


Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First- or upper 2nd-class honours degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Excellence in research is a high priority for History at the University. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of our research was judged to be of international originality and significance and 15% to be world leading. This result reflected the outstanding quality of the publications of History staff and their success rate with research students. Historians at the University have always seen a thriving community of postgraduate students, both full-time and part-time, as contributing to the overall research culture of the subject. They have organized a number of national and international conferences at which research students have presented papers. Research students are also encouraged to attend, and present papers at, historical conferences in Britain and Ireland and beyond.

Department specialisms

International History; Irish History; Social History; American History; British History.

Information for international students

International students should visit the university's website ( or contact the university and ask to be sent an international students' handbook.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Further details of qualification

Students enrol on a programme of work leading to the degree of PhD or MPhil. Award of the degree is subject to academic progress which is assessed formally throughout the 2- to 6-year study period, including by formal examination following submission of the thesis.

Course contact details

Professor Ian Thatcher
+44 28 7012 3375