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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in history and an MA in history at merit or above. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

We are confident that you will find the Department of History a stimulating place in which to conduct your research. The Department has a thriving research community which includes both staff and research students, and will offer you many opportunities to develop your skills and widen your intellectual horizons. There are many possibilities to participate in interdisciplinary research networks, contribute to research seminars, organise conferences and gain teaching experience.

Our department has a wide range of expertise across all periods of history, across many geographical areas and covering most major genres of historical research and writing. Please see the Academic Staff Index for the full list of our staff's expertise.

Many of the senior staff are recognised as global leaders in their field. Our younger academics are building international reputations as strong, imaginative and innovative researchers. We are all dedicated to supervising Ph.D. research projects and further developing the rich and vibrant research culture in the Department of History, to which both staff and students contribute and from which we all benefit.

You will therefore be able to identity a suitable supervisor for almost any doctoral project you are intending to undertake. When a project requires expertise which spans to two or more departments in the University, we may be able to offer co-supervision with colleagues in other disciplines, and for students with Midlands3Cities funding, co-supervision at other universities too.

You can get a good idea of the range of subject areas and the types of projects which academic staff here supervise from the profiles of current PhD students in the Department of History.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843