Research course

History

Institution
University of Kent · School of History
Qualifications
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject (for example, politics, international relations, archaeology). In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. Please see http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply/entry.html for English Language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The School of History at the University of Kent offers a great environment in which to research and study. Situated in a beautiful cathedral city with its own dynamic history, the University is within easy reach of the main London archives and is convenient for travelling to mainland Europe.

The School of History is a lively, research-led department where postgraduate students are given the opportunity to work alongside academics recognised as experts in their respective fields. The School was placed second nationally for ‘world-class’ research in themost recent Research Assessment Exercise, and consistently scores highly in the National Student Survey.

There is a good community spirit within the School, which includes regular postgraduate social meetings, weekly seminars and a comprehensive training programme with the full involvement of the School’s academic staff. Thanks to the wide range of teaching and research interests in the School, we can offer equally wide scope for research supervision covering British, European, African and American history.

At present, there are particularly strong groupings of research students in medieval and early modern cultural and social history, early modern religious history, the history and cultural studies of science and medicine, the medicine, the history of propaganda, military history, war and the media, and the history of Kent.

Research programmes are best suited to students who have a clear idea of a topic they would like to investigate in detail. There are two types of History programme. The MA by Research entails producing a 40,000-word thesis; the MPhil and PhD programmes demand a high level of research and analysis resulting in a 60,000 (MPhil) or 100,000 (PhD) word thesis.

We welcome research applications across the range of expertise within the School. We run regular seminars in medieval and Tudor studies, modern history, the history and cultural studies of science, and the study of propaganda.

All first-year research students attend a Methodologies and Research Skills seminar, which is split between components run by the School and others provided by the Faculty of Humanities. This training improves your knowledge of both historical theory and methods of using primary material, and can assist in funding applications.

Department specialisms

Research areas: Medieval and Early Modern History; Modern History; History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please visit our

funding web pages

for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of History
Email
history-admissions@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 827279
Fax
+44 (0)1227 827258