We have 10 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
Government and politics
Religious influence and conflict
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.
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.
In the early modern period topics are welcome in relation to the Spanish Empire, the colonization of the Americas, and Royal/Princely Courts, from the 15th to the 19th century; early modern Britain and Ireland on the cultural and social history of supernatural mentalities, religion and politics, as well as eighteenth century medicine. Read more
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
Applications are invited for a fully-funded collaborative four-year PhD to commence in October 2023. The PhD will be based in the School of Art, Design and Performance and will be supervised by. Read more
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
This PhD project will explore how economic thinking, colonial governance and business practice shifted to generate new forms of imperial labour in Britain and its empire between 1750 and 1850. Read more
Our. Shakespeare Studies research programmes. are taught by the Shakespeare Institute, which offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out their research in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as members of a closely-knit research community. Read more
History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning). As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of History you will have the opportunity to work alongside academic staff whose research is at the forefront of current historical scholarship. Read more
Cultural Heritage MA by Research/PhD/PhD by Distance Learning. Carry out postgraduate research in Cultural Heritage at the Ironbridge Centre for Heritage (ICH); a unique partnership between the University of Birmingham and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Read more