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About the Programme

The Humanities Research Centre supports research in English, History, and Film and Performance Studies.

Our History research specialises in the period from the late eighteenth century to the present.

We invite applications for research study in any of our research strengths:
• imperial and global history
• economic and business history
• women's and gender history
• European history
• popular culture and politics in Britain.

Humanities Research Centre

The Humanities Research Centre conducts research in English, History, and Film and Performance Studies. Alongside the research specialisms within these disciplines, we collaborate across the Centre on areas of shared interest including cultural history, gender, imperialism, scriptwriting and adaptation. In the 2014 REF, 67% of the work submitted in History was rated as being at least internationally excellent.

You will be part of our community of researchers in the Humanities, with the opportunity to attend and contribute to a range of discipline, faculty and University-wide seminars, workshops, training and conferences. We offer formal research training events and academic seminars as well as more informal workshops where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. We will encourage you to attend conferences, deliver papers and publish your work.

We are also part of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities and the Heritage Consortium.

Funding opportunities

The Department of Humanities welcomes applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

Vice Chancellor bursaries are for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

They include tuition fees at home/EU rates and a stipend of £15,009 per annum. Currently enrolled PhD students, or those who already have a PhD are not eligible to apply.

The start date for the studentship is 1 May 2020.

As a minimum, applicants should possess a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree, but preference may be given to those with a distinction at M level.

Further information about research in the Faculty can be found on the Graduate School website at

You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your proposal:

Please email [email protected] with any enquiries

Full eligibility criteria

How to Apply: Application forms are available from

Please submit a 1500 research proposal around your chosen area of interest along with your application form.

At the top of the form, or in the title of your email please write 'studentship application' and email your application and proposal to [email protected]

Please note, at this stage, you only need to include the names and contact details for referees and do not have to request references.

Applications have now closed, please check back again at a later date for upcoming deadlines.

You must be able to attend in person for interview and there will be no Skype interviews.

How to apply

Further details can be found on the Graduate School website

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found on our online prospectus

For information on how to apply please visit

For general enquiries about our PhDs in Humanities, please contact [email protected]

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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