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World History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 11 World History PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in World History

World History encourages an engagement with large-scale processes that have impacted a multitude of countries throughout history. During the PhD, you will seek to understand these processes and the experience of the people who lived them. Your findings will then be written up in a unique dissertation, contributing to the wider academic discussions.

What’s it like to do a PhD in World History?

PhD students of World History will spend the majority of their time finding and engaging with a select group of primary sources. Your analysis of these documents should be contextualised in the wider literature of your historical field. There are many different themes of historical research open to World History PhDs. Some of the most prominent include:

  • Colonialism
  • Development of modern ideologies
  • Globalisation
  • Global development
  • Imperial intrusion and resistance
  • Postcolonialism
  • Religion

Using discussions of these broader themes, you will investigate a niche area of history, such as a specific period, location or organisation.

Most PhD students of World History will propose their own research project which forms the basis of the final 75,000 words thesis. However, there are some advertised projects each year which will require you to research a specific and pre-identified area of history. At the end of the degree you will be required to defend your work in a formal oral viva exam.

Depending on the location of your sources, you may have to travel during the PhD. This could be nationally or internationally. There will also be plenty of opportunities to engage with the academic community through conferences and publishing.

Entry requirements

Most PhDs in World History require applicants to have a Masters degree in History or a related subject, such as Politics or International Studies. Some institutions will consider students without a postgraduate degree as long as they can demonstrate prior academic prowess and extensive professional research experience.

PhD in World History funding options

Most World History PhDs in the UK are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Their fully-funded studentships cover tuition fees, a living stipend and travel expenses for research. To apply for these studentships you must have a confirmed place at a university. Many institutions’ History departments will also offer funding opportunities, so make sure to check their websites.

If you are applying for an advertised project then the funding specifications may be different. These will be outlined in the project details.

PhD funding is extremely competitive and so many World History PhD students opt to self-fund. Through employment or the UK government doctoral loan, students are able to support themselves financially throughout their degree. It is also worth researching national bodies, charities, trusts and businesses related to your area of research as many are able to offer short-term financial support to research students.

PhD in World History careers

The skills needed to complete a PhD in World History can help graduates begin a career in an array of fields. The most obvious route would be to pursue research, academia or teaching. However many World History graduates can also be found in areas such as civil service, the media or world charity organisations.

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The studentship project will explore how post-colonial politics were shaped after WWII, thus adding further insight into our understanding of the complex nature of gaining independence from imperial powers.

‘Cold War and “Other” Narratives’ investigates and examines through the archives of the Imperial War Museums (IWM), the diverse or buried stories that have impacted independence movements throughout the West’s colonial territories. Read more

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

The Department of History at King's has a long and distinguished tradition in world leading, cutting-edge research. Our staff and research students are fully engaged in original historical scholarship, ranging from late antiquity to the present day. 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

Island Nations Going Under: Submerged Statehood, Legal Protections Beyond Refugee Status.

Anthropocentric climate change exhibits asymmetric impacts on specific States, particularly those that endured economic, social, and political exploitation during the colonial era and underwent extensive fossil-fuel-based industrialisation. 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

PhD at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

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

Territorial Integrity, 1815-Present: A Conceptual History

In virtually every recent territorial dispute, the concept of 'territorial integrity' is invoked, from Ukraine's efforts to repel Russia's invasion to China's efforts to exercise influence over Taiwan. Read more
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