Research course

History and Politics

University of Chichester · History and Politics

Entry requirements

We are particularly interested in high calibre applicants who want to play an active role in the continued development of our research environment. Applicants should have an existing MSc or MA qualification. Every applicant should have good quantitative and/or qualitative research methods skills appropriate to their discipline, and should be a well-organised, self-motivated researcher.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Chichester has one full Bursary and two Fees only bursaries for PhD study for 3 years available in the area of History and Politics.

The University of Chichester excelled in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) with results announced in December 2014 revealing that 90% of our research is rated as internationally recognised or higher and 15% classified as ‘world-leading’.

Innovative proposals for PhD study are invited in a range of research areas (see list below). The strategic drive behind the studentships is to attract excellent students to conduct collaborative PhD projects with a third party organisation e.g. museum, gallery, charity, business. This might be with an organisation with which the department already collaborates (The Weald and Downland Museum, Pallant House Gallery, West Sussex Record Office; Comics Forum Website) or an organisation of their own choosing – national or international including archives, museums, political organizations or other relevant bodies.

The subject area of History and Politics will accept postgraduate research students in the following areas:

a) Medieval and Early modern political, religious, cultural and gender history (particularly, England and France);

b) Twentieth and Twenty First century Europe (British and French and Francophone focus; and/or Germany; Switzerland);

c) Late twentieth century cultural history – media, journalism, novels, films, visual images, including comics and graphic novels (UK; W. Europe; North America – Canada, USA)

d) British landscape history;

e) British social history (notably, Seventeenth Century)

f) British cultural history (most periods, eg. Death; Fashion; Rural life; Art history in a critical context)

g) Local and regional history of the Southeast, c1400-c.1700

h) The History of Africa and the African Diaspora

i) Pan-Africanism

j) International Marxism and its history

k) US history, C20-C21

l) The First World War; and its legacies

m) Urban history (C20-C21) – Cities and memories

n) Public safety (C20-C21)

o) The History of the Cold War

p) Contemporary international political history

q) Defence and Security Studies (Historical or Politics Methodologies)

r) Outsider Art and Pop Art (contextual and critical work)

s) Heritage and Museology

t) Ideas and Political Thought related to Policy making

Fees and funding

£13,000 pa + fee waiver (or PT pro-rata equivalent) or fee waiver only

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Dr Antony Walsh