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Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 14 Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Modern History

Students of Modern History investigate a variety of primary sources to better understand the processes, ideas and events that shaped modern populations in a variety of countries. Your findings will then be written up as a dissertation, contributing your unique ideas and perspectives to the wider academic discussion.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Modern History?

During a PhD in Modern History you will spend a large amount of time engaging with primary material and meeting with your supervisor to discuss your ideas and progression. Your analysis should be contextualised within the wider literature of the relevant historical field. There are many themes of historical research within the category of Modern History. Some of the most popular include:

  • Civil rights
  • Globalisation
  • Migration and movement
  • Nationhood
  • Propaganda
  • Violence and war

Using discussions of these broader themes you will investigate a niche area of history, such as a specific location, period, organisation or group.

Most Modern History PhD students propose their own research project. However, there are some advertised projects available where specific research parameters will be set. By the end of the degree you will have written up a 75,000 word thesis which is assessed in an oral viva exam.

The location of your sources may require you to travel for research. This could be nationally or internationally. There will plenty of opportunity to engage in the wider academic community through conferences and publishing. You may also be offered paid teaching work within your department.

PhD in Modern History funding options

Most Modern History PhD courses in the UK are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Their fully-funded studentships cover tuition fees, a living stipend and necessary travel expenses. You must already have a confirmed place at a university in order to apply.

Other forms of funding include university studentships and grants. Make sure to check institution websites to see if they have anything on offer. Additionally, there are many charities, trusts and business that are willing to offer small, short-term financial grants to research students.

Most advertised projects will come with funding but make sure to check what this includes. Students may also choose to self-fund their studies. Through employment, the UK government doctoral loan or a mixture of the two many students are able to support themselves financially.

PhD in Modern History careers

A PhD in Modern History sets graduates up with the skills needed to succeed in a wide range of careers. The most direct route of progression would be to pursue a career in research, academia or teaching. However many Modern History graduates may also find themselves in publishing houses, charities, civil service or global private corporations.

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PhD Modern War Studies

“We must continually ask questions of the past, even the most recent past, because it holds the key to the future. History must be handled carefully of course, for it is trained experts that must provide the intellectual underpinning for decisions taken by politicians and the senior leaders of the Armed Forces. 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

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

Transnational social movements and the struggles against settler colonialism in Southern Africa

The project provides an opportunity to examine the roles, motivations, and impacts of twentieth century transnational social movements, that were involved in the struggles to end white-minority rule in Southern Africa (eg. Read more

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

History - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

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

PhD at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field. Read more

PhD at the Institute of Historical Research

Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field. Read more

Territorial Integrity, 1815-Present: A Conceptual History

In virtually every recent territorial dispute, the concept of 'territorial integrity' is invoked, from Ukraine's efforts to repel Russia's invasion to China's efforts to exercise influence over Taiwan. Read more
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