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
- Migration and movement
- 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.