Research course

History and Archaeology (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of History and Archaeology

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

We are particularly keen to hear from students who would like to research any of the following areas.

For History: the social history of the Low Countries during the late medieval period; early modern British and European military and political history; popular culture, protest and politics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; twentieth century German history; twentieth century social and cultural British history, gender, immigration and minority studies; and American-Soviet relations during the Cold War.

For Archaeology: human osteology and funerary archaeology; the British and European Mesolithic; the archaeology of Northern Britain; the archaeology of early medieval Insular art; the environmental impact of archaeological field practices; and Anglo-Saxon, Viking and medieval mortuary practices.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000