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We have 12 British And Irish History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK



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British And Irish History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 12 British And Irish History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

PhD in British and Irish History

PhD students of British and Irish History dive into the deep and rich past of the two countries. Doctoral research can be refined by a specific location, period, theme or case study with the goal of producing a dissertation of unique research to contribute to the academic field.

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
  • Nationhood
  • 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.

Entry requirements

British and Irish History PhD courses usually require applicants to have completed a Masters degree in History or a similar subject, such as Politics or Philosophy. Some institutions may accepts applicants without a postgraduate degree if they are able to demonstrate prior academic prowess and extensive research experience.

PhD in British and Irish History funding options

Most British and Irish History PhDs in the UK are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Research Councils offer fully-funded studentships, covering tuition and providing a tax-free living stipend. Travel expenses for academic purposes are also usually covered. To apply for these studentships you must have a confirmed place at a university. If you are applying for an advertised project then the funding will be outlined in the project details.

PhD funding is very competitive and so some students opt to ‘self-fund’ their studies. Through employment or the UK government’s doctoral loan, students are able to manage the financial pressure of their degree. It is also worth researching into any charities, trusts or national bodies that offer short-term financial support or grants to research students.

PhD in British and Irish History careers

A PhD in British and Irish History can set graduates up for a career in many fields. The most direct progression is into academia, research or teaching. However, the transferable skills gained during doctoral study can also aid students wishing to work in civil service, charity, archives and museums or even marketing.

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Economies of Natural History: Publishing Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Read more

The Geographical Museum: Making Knowledge through Objects

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Read more

Shakespeare Studies - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Our Shakespeare Studies research programmes are taught by the Shakespeare Institute, which offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out their research in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as members of a closely-knit research community. Read more

History - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning). As a postgraduate researcher in the Department of History you will have the opportunity to work alongside academic staff whose research is at the forefront of current historical scholarship. Read more

Cultural Heritage - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Cultural Heritage MA by Research/PhD/PhD by Distance Learning. Carry out postgraduate research in Cultural Heritage at the International Centre for Heritage (ICH). Read more

British Weird Fiction Since 1850

This is an opportunity to research aspects of weird, gothic, and supernatural fiction in British and Irish writing from the 1850s to the present. Read more

Creolising Caribbean foodways: Breadfruit from the mid-nineteenth century to the present

Application is now open for a fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and maintenance) between University of Warwick and Kew Gardens. When breadfruit was introduced to the Caribbean in the late 18th century to feed enslaved people, it was not a success. Read more

PhD at the Institute of Historical Research

Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field. Read more

History PhD (option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University or National University of Singapore)

The History Department at King’s is one of the top 5 history departments in Europe (QS Subject Rankings 2021). Our aim is to provide outstanding training and supervision in most branches of medieval, early modern and modern history to prepare students for careers both within the academy and beyond. Read more

Histories of fatal accidents in modern Britain, c.1800-2000

Join a leading historian of medicine exploring an aspect of the history of accidents that links with a recent AHRC-funded project (2016-21) on the history of burns in the UK covering part or all of the 1800-2000 chronological period. Read more
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