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About the Programme

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies is widely recognised as a leading centre for interdisciplinary research in the long 18th century. The research interests of our staff are highly varied, and we welcome research students from backgrounds in Archaeology, English, History, History of Art and Philosophy.

The Centre hosts a lively calendar of events, and both staff and students are actively engaged in the diverse research community, with the student-led postgraduate forum acting as a pillar of valuable peer support.

Why us?

  • 24 permanent members of staff, including leading international scholars
  • Close working partnerships with regional heritage institutions
  • All four principal contributing departments were ranked in the top five for their subject in Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (2014)
  • York's Faculty of Arts and Humanities was placed eighth in the UK and 40th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

York is the perfect environment to study the 18th century; it contains a wealth of Georgian architecture, including buildings by Carr and Burlington, a flourishing Georgian Society which runs a large programme of events, and a Georgian museum at Fairfax House which stages frequent exhibitions of everyday life in 18th-century England. From York, there is easy access to the great 18th-century houses and landscape gardens of Yorkshire, including Castle Howard, Harewood House, and Burton Constable.

We offer:

  • Frequent seminars, conferences and symposia attracting visiting speakers from throughout the UK and Europe and as far as North America
  • Outstanding eighteenth-century resources including the Minster Library and Archives, the King's Manor Library and the Borthwick Institute for Archives
  • Access to almost all the major online databases for research into the 18th and early 19th centuries
  • Research training programme and research skills support
  • Dedicated PhD workroom including computer facilities

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application:
PhD in Archaeology
PhD in English
PhD in History
PhD in History of Art

Contact us

[email protected]
+44 (0)1904 324980

Research degrees at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Research at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies


Funding for research degrees

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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