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We have 13 Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 13 Modern History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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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Economies of Natural History: Publishing Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Read more

The Geographical Museum: Making Knowledge through Objects

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). 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

Geology is life: fingerprinting the origin of human remains using geochemical techniques.

Project summary: The geochemist’s toolbox of elemental analysis, and stable and radiogenic isotopes systems has allowed scientists to track the movement of fluids, melts and rocks throughout Earth’s four and a half billion-year history. Read more

PhD Student Excellence Awards 2024/25 (SEA)

Under the University of Strathclyde’s JARSS Awards programme 2024/25, The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications from excellent students with original research proposals for the Student Excellence Awards (SEA) for commencing study on 1 October 2024. Read more

Department of Humanities (Advert Reference: RDF24/ADSS/HUMANITIES)

These studentships are competitive. We recommend contacting the relevant Subject Leads significantly before the application deadline so they can connect you with a supervisor. 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

The Lilian Black Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship scheme will support research into topics related to the Holocaust and genocide. The scheme is a collaboration between the School of Arts and Humanities and Holocaust Centre North (HCN). Read more

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

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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