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British And Irish History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 19 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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The Scottish Sheriff Court in the Seventeenth Century

Sheriff courts were the key regional nodes of both civil and criminal justice in early modern Scotland, but neither they nor their work have been subject to sustained modern analysis. Read more

PhD Tudor History

Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration. Read more

Material Life in the Workhouse: Gressenhall Workhouse, Norfolk, 1777-1948

Anglia Ruskin University and Norfolk Museums Service are pleased to announce a fully-funded Collaborative doctoral studentship, from September 2024, under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. Read more

The Bones of Subsistence at Norman Cross Prisoner of War Camp, 1797-1816

Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Museum are pleased to announce a fully-funded Collaborative doctoral studentship, from October 2024, under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. Read more

African Identities and the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Applications are invited for a fully funded, full-time PhD studentship for the project ‘African Identities and the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’. Read more

History PhD (option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University or National University of Singapore)

The Department of History at King's has a long and distinguished tradition in world leading, cutting-edge research. Our staff and research students are fully engaged in original historical scholarship, ranging from late antiquity to the present day. Read more

Scotland’s diaspora – was there social justice for the ‘failed’ immigrant in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries?

The creation of clubs and societies organised around ethnicity characterised the Scottish diasporic experience, both for those who received alms and for those who sought a means through which to meet and socialise with other Scots. Read more

Cultural Heritage - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Cultural Heritage MA by Research/PhD/PhD by Distance Learning. Carry out postgraduate research in Cultural Heritage at the International Centre for Heritage (ICH). Read more

Augustus John: Reassessing the Collections at Amgueddfa Cymru—Museum Wales and Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru—National Library of Wales

The University of Bristol, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University, Amgueddfa Cymru—Museum Wales and Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru—National Library of Wales are pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship from October 2024 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Scheme. Read more
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The National Army Museum Doctoral Scholarship: The Punjab Registers and the Indian Army, c. 1895-1947

In collaboration with the National Army Museum (NAM), the University of Greenwich (UoG) seeks to recruit an outstanding researcher to investigate the social, cultural and military history of the Indian Army across the late colonial period. Read more

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