Research course


University of Essex · School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies

Entry requirements

We will consider all applicants with 2:2 or above, or equivalent international qualifications. For some courses, there may be additional requirements which can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer supervision for our MPhil in History in a range of topics from the period c.1500 to the present day, with particular focus on themes linked to our our three research clusters and our Centre for Public History. Our research clusters cover several themes: race, gender and identity; political cultures, class and citizenship; and war, conflict and memory.

We have particular expertise in the following geographical areas: Britain (including local and regional history), Europe, the United States, Latin America, Russia, Southern Africa and East Asia. 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 and many of our graduates have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have gone on to have careers in other types of education, as well as in archives, museums and heritage organisations, marketing, communications and public relations, and the Civil Service, among many other areas.

We also offer a PhD and a Masters by dissertation. Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Information for international students

Entry requirements

You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at

Pre-sessional English Language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit


You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at or view our university-wide scholarships at

Fees and funding

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions