Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD programmes must additionally hold a relevant Master's degree with an overall average mark of at least 65% (or equivalent marks if the degree is not from the UK), and a mark of at least 65% in the Master's dissertation will also normally be required.

Months of entry

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

Course content

There are over forty permanent, full-time academic staff in History, making us one of the largest History units in the country.

Research interests are extremely wide-ranging, and include the study of:

  • medieval culture, religion, gender, and law;
  • historical theory;
  • early modern witchcraft and the occult;
  • the Italian Renaissance;
  • North America from the colonial era;
  • intellectual history from Machiavelli to Marx;
  • genocide;
  • Nazi and post-war Germany;
  • Russia and the Soviet Union;
  • the Cold War;
  • political, social, and cultural aspects of the history of China, Japan, India, and Australia in the modern era

Information for international students

Fees and funding

College and university scholarships, AHRC

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrative Assistant
+44 (0) 131 650 9948