Research course


University of Hertfordshire · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Normally, we require applicants for PhD study to be in possession of good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You are also supported by attendance at the University's Generic Training courses, postgraduate seminar series run at Hertfordshire and the Institute of Historical Research and at an annual research weekend in Windsor Great Park. During the course of the degree, you are given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis of 80,000 words, which is defended in a viva with an external examiner.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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