Research course


University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

Months of entry


Course content

We offer a wealth of opportunities to develop your knowledge and facilitate your research. Cheltenham is host to a number of events of interest to historians including The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts leading academic and popular historian speakers.

We have an established research reputation, being recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Research areas

We have particular research strengths in: areas of British history, including early modern 18th century, Victorian and 20th century; American history; Russian/Soviet history; and local history. We also have research interests in gender and women’s history; early modern spirituality and religious history; intellectual history and the history of ideas; black America; history and music; Cold War studies; and transatlantic cultural exchange.

Our lively research environment includes access to open lecture programmes and seminars across the university, and we will expect you to contribute to the research culture and experience. We encourage attendance at relevant conferences, as well as the giving of papers towards the latter stages of your study. You will be well supported by your supervisory team and can expect regular individual tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions.

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university, and our system of using a supervisory team as opposed to an individual supervisor makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    30-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)3330 141414