Research course


University of Essex · Department of History
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

MA by Dissertation - upper second class honours degree in history or associated discipline, or equivalent. MPhil or PhD - Masters degree in history or associated discipline, or equivalent, plus prior training or research beyond undergraduate degree.

PhD, MPhil, MA by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

We offer supervision for our PhD History in a range of topics with a focus on: class, race and gender formation; nationalism; wars and revolutions; international relations and oil diplomacy; the history of medicine; the history of crime; popular culture and consumption; slave societies; the history of ideas and print culture; the history of the Roma and Sinti in Europe; and historical censuses and surveys. We also have particular expertise in the following geographical areas: Britain (including local and regional history), Europe, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Southern Africa and Britain's Asian Empire. We take pride in providing excellent research training and careful supervision in a friendly atmosphere, with good staff-student relationships.

We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, so many of our graduates have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have found employment in archives, research, managing research funds, other forms of educational provision, the Civil Service, the National Health Service, and management.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, coming joint second in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a 95 per cent satisfaction rating in the 2010 National Student Survey. Our staff are amongst world leaders in their fields and we have strong links with the Essex Record Office, which is one of the best county record offices in the UK.

Our teaching and research concentrates on the period from 1500 to the present and cover a wide geographical area that includes British and European history, as well as Latin America, the USA, China, Russia and Africa.

Department specialisms

European social and cultural history from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; history of the United States and Latin America; history of Essex and Suffolk; political movements and ideologies in the modern world; labour movements; history of ideas; film theory/history; gender/women's history; demographic history; history of south and southern Africa.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 190