Research course


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

Entry requirements

• MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: 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 • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Research opportunities in history are available for either full-time or part-time study. Research degrees in history enable you to extend your knowledge in a selected area at MA, MRes and MPhil levels and, in the case of a PhD, make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of research.

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

We have particular research strengths in the 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.

The department benefits from extensive regional study materials, including the library of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in the university’s archival collections.

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 later 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.

Cheltenham is host to a number of events throughout the year which are of interest to historians. The most famous of these is The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts leading academic and popular historian speakers every year.

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.

Applications for interdisciplinary research degrees in British studies, gender/women’s studies, aspects of American studies, Victorian studies, and in other areas are welcome.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months


part time
30-60 months
full time
18-36 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 3330 141414