Research course

History

Institution
University of Cambridge · Faculty of History
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2:1 Honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The PhD in History is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a dissertation and an oral viva voce examination. The primary purpose of the PhD is the preparation and presentation of a substantial piece of independent and original academic research, completed in three or four years if studying full-time and five years if studying part-time.

Every PhD student in the Faculty of History is supported by a supervisor (or in some cases, supervisors). Supervisors are experts in their field of study and support students throughout the PhD. Students will also benefit from the advice and support of other academic members of the Faculty who will be involved in progression through the various stages of the PhD, from the registration assessment exercise at the end of the first year through to the completion of the thesis.

Most of our PhD students study here full-time but each year we admit a number of students who wish to study on a part-time basis. Part-time study can be ideal for those who are looking to gain a postgraduate qualification without leaving employment and wish to develop their careers while they continue earning, or for those who are home based for whatever reason and wish to develop their skills. However, it’s important to note that the part-time PhD at Cambridge is not a distance-learning course. Part-time students are expected to fully engage with the Faculty, to integrate into the research culture of the University and to attend the University on a regular basis for supervision, study, skills training, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout their time at the Faculty, PhD students are encouraged to attend one or more of the Faculty’s graduate workshops in their subject group or area of research. These workshops are spaces for PhD students to share their work and collaborate with visiting speakers, academic and peers.

Fees and funding

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course, though students in the Faculty of History have enjoyed disproportionate success in the University’s highly competitive central funding competitions, including Gates, Cambridge Trust and AHRC.

For information on more general funding opportunities, please visit the Graduate Admissions Funding page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
60-84 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
phd-admissions@hist.cam.ac.uk