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About the Programme

Recognised as a leading department within the UK (ranking first in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016), History at UEA has a chronological range from the collapse of the Roman empire to the present day, a geographical scope covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Caribbean, and experts in political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, diplomatic and intellectual history.

The School is one of the largest groups of historians in the UK. 99 per cent of research within the School of History is internationally recognised, with 77 per cent rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally History at UEA ranked third in the UK for research intensity after Oxford and Cambridge in the Times Higher Education REF 2014 Subject Rankings.

Research Expertise

Supervision is available in a wide range of research areas, with particular strengths in medieval history, early modern Britain, the British Empire, modern Europe, modern Britain, landscape and environmental history, local and regional history, international and global history, intellectual history and the history of political thought.

Research culture

More than 80,000 historical monographs and 250 specialist journals are available in the University Library; special collections available on campus include: British Parliamentary Papers, the Library of American Civilisation, the Holloway Collection of Contemporary Cultural Records, the East Anglian Film Archive, the Zuckerman Archive, and extensive holdings in modern European (especially German and Russian) history. Library resources include access to the Times Digital Archive and Early English Books On-Line. The slide and photographic library in the School of World Art and Museology and the riches of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts are open to all our postgraduates. The Norfolk Record Office is home to one of the richest and most extensive archive collections in England. In addition, we have special access to the archives and library of the History of Advertising Trust.

The School has a track record of success with organisations such as the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, English Heritage, the Leverhulme Trust, Suffolk Education Authority, Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust and the Norwich Town Close Charity. Many of our projects are funded by UEA, too. Initiatives of this kind have enormous benefit for graduate students, who are involved at the cutting edge of new research, and have the opportunity to work alongside recognised authorities in their fields.

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Deadlines for 2021 entry

The deadline for funded studentships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD Studentships is 11 January 2021.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire by emailing for further information.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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