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Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. The Institute has a broad remit to cover the history of the world from the fourth to the twenty-first century, but has particular strengths in British and European history.
This degree presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. On completing this course, you'll be well prepared for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.
The Institute of Historical Research offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:
- Religious and cultural history
- Political history
- Economic and social history 1300-1500
- Imperial history
- History of Victorian Britain
- Urban and metropolitan history (especially London) history, including comparative approaches across Europe and elsewhere
- Royal and Diplomatic history since 1900
- Local and regional history, primarily concerning England and including the impact of towns
- The experience and impact of empire
- Architecture and planning and the built environment in Britain
- Social, cultural, and environmental history, 700-1200
- Medievalism and modern evocation of the Middle Ages
- Digital history
Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of the Institute's academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal. A list of academic staff and their interests can be found here.