What’s it like to do a PhD in World History?
PhD students of World History will spend the majority of their time finding and engaging with a select group of primary sources. Your analysis of these documents should be contextualised in the wider literature of your historical field. There are many different themes of historical research open to World History PhDs. Some of the most prominent include:
- Development of modern ideologies
- Global development
- Imperial intrusion and resistance
Using discussions of these broader themes, you will investigate a niche area of history, such as a specific period, location or organisation.
Most PhD students of World History will propose their own research project which forms the basis of the final 75,000 words thesis. However, there are some advertised projects each year which will require you to research a specific and pre-identified area of history. At the end of the degree you will be required to defend your work in a formal oral viva exam.
Depending on the location of your sources, you may have to travel during the PhD. This could be nationally or internationally. There will also be plenty of opportunities to engage with the academic community through conferences and publishing.