What’s it like to do a PhD in British and Irish History?
Throughout the PhD you will be engaging with a range of primary sources. Your findings should then be contextualised within the wider literature of your field. Some potential topics of research include:
- Black history in Britain and Ireland
- Civil rights
- Government and politics
- Irish plantations
- Religious influence and conflict
- The Celts
Aside from broad themes, students may also choose to study a specific period, ruler or location within British and Irish history.
Most PhD students in this discipline will have proposed their own research project which forms the basis of the final thesis. Totalling around 75,000 words, this is then assessed and critiqued in an oral viva exam.