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We have 20 British And Irish History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in British and Irish History

PhD students of British and Irish History dive into the deep and rich past of the two countries. Doctoral research can be refined by a specific location, period, theme or case study with the goal of producing a dissertation of unique research to contribute to the academic field.

What’s it like to do a PhD in British and Irish History?

Throughout the PhD you will be engaging with a range of primary sources. Your findings should then be contextualised within the wider literature of your field. Some potential topics of research include:

  • Black history in Britain and Ireland
  • Civil rights
  • Government and politics
  • Irish plantations
  • Nationhood
  • Religious influence and conflict
  • The Celts

Aside from broad themes, students may also choose to study a specific period, ruler or location within British and Irish history.

Most PhD students in this discipline will have proposed their own research project which forms the basis of the final thesis. Totalling around 75,000 words, this is then assessed and critiqued in an oral viva exam.

Entry requirements

British and Irish History PhD courses usually require applicants to have completed a Masters degree in History or a similar subject, such as Politics or Philosophy. Some institutions may accepts applicants without a postgraduate degree if they are able to demonstrate prior academic prowess and extensive research experience.

PhD in British and Irish History funding options

Most British and Irish History PhDs in the UK are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Research Councils offer fully-funded studentships, covering tuition and providing a tax-free living stipend. Travel expenses for academic purposes are also usually covered. To apply for these studentships you must have a confirmed place at a university. If you are applying for an advertised project then the funding will be outlined in the project details.

PhD funding is very competitive and so some students opt to ‘self-fund’ their studies. Through employment or the UK government’s doctoral loan, students are able to manage the financial pressure of their degree. It is also worth researching into any charities, trusts or national bodies that offer short-term financial support or grants to research students.

PhD in British and Irish History careers

A PhD in British and Irish History can set graduates up for a career in many fields. The most direct progression is into academia, research or teaching. However, the transferable skills gained during doctoral study can also aid students wishing to work in civil service, charity, archives and museums or even marketing.

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Shakespeare Studies Scholarship

The University of Huddersfield is pleased to offer a 100% fee-waiver for a three-year literary-critical PhD in Shakespeare Studies. Read more

The Brontë Scholarship

The University of Huddersfield English department has a strong interest in developing and nurturing new scholarly research on the subject of the lives and works of the Brontë family. Read more

From Subculture to Print Culture, and back again: The Interplay between Subcultural Creative Expression and Fashion Communication in Post-punk Britain

Project Ref. Ref. UALPGRSTUProj23/04. This studentship is based at Central Saint Martins. Project Outline. The PhD will investigate the connections between British youth subcultures and the British alternative fashion scene of the 1980s and 1990s, specifically through the lens of the magazines iD, The Face and Blitz. Read more

Understanding the Plant Economy of Small Towns in Medieval England (c1200–1600). A synthetic analysis and interpretation of archaeobotanical evidence.

This 4-year studentship is situated within the interdisciplinary research project ENDURE. Urban Life in a Time of Crisis. Enduring Urban Lifeways in Later Medieval England, which seeks to understand how urban life endured through, and was transformed by, the crises of the 14th century. Read more

PhD Studentship in History

The Department of History at the University of Liverpool is pleased to invite applications for one fully-funded (fees and maintenance) PhD studentship to start on 1 October 2023. Read more

Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961) and the making of British neurosurgery (history of medicine).

This studentship, based in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), will develop a comprehensive understanding of the history of neurology in Manchester across the twentieth century. Read more

Student life and the student experience: Exploring student histories within Polytechnics, c. 1969-1992

Applications are invited for a fees-only PhD bursary to commence in October 2023. This project provides an exciting opportunity to study the lives and experiences of students in an under-researched part of the Higher Education sector in the UK – the Polytechnics. Read more

Locating Cold War Imaginaries at York and Dover

This studentship will develop an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the assemblage of materials held by English Heritage at 20 Group Control in York, and the Regional Seat of Government under Dover Castle. Read more

Strathmartine Scholarship in Modern Scottish History: People and the Natural World

From the mid nineteenth-century, stand-alone associations dedicated to recording, collating and analysing instrument-recorded climate observations did most to embed meteorological science within medical and environmental analysis. Read more

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