What’s it like to do a PhD in Military History?
A PhD in Military History requires students to identify and engage with a range of historical sources. These many include archaeological artefacts, physical sites, written documents and oral histories. Your analysis of your chosen source base must then be contextualised in the wider literature. Some popular topics in Military History include:
- Air power
- Military ethics
- Military law
- Minorities in the military
- The First World War
- Trauma and assault
Most students who wish to study Military History will have to propose their own research project. While advertised projects are possible, they are a lot less common. No matter which route you take you will have to produce a written dissertation of around 75,000 words. You will then be asked to defend this work in an oral viva exam.
Throughout the PhD you will spend the majority of your time engaging with sources and discussing your progress with your supervisor. Depending on the availability of your sources, you may be required to undertake research trips. There will also be plenty of opportunity to develop skills, such as teaching, and engage with the academic community through conferences and publishing.