Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Research students are supervised by academic staff within the Institute of Cornish Studies. The Institute is home to two high-profile research programmes: the Cornish Communities Programme, which encourages research on the issues of migration, community, family and identity at different geographical scales; and the Cornish Audio Visual Archive, an innovative programme for the study and documentation of the oral and visual culture of Cornwall.

Our main areas of research focus include:

  • oral history
  • migration studies
  • identity
  • politics and nationalism
  • music and culture
  • modern social history

Department specialisms

Oral History; Migration Studies; Identity; Politics and Nationalism; Music and Culture; Modern Social History.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months


part time
48-60 months
distance learning
24-60 months
full time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306