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School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The University of Liverpool's School of Histories, Languages and Cultures draws together a unique set of research and teaching expertise found across five departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

• Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
• History
• Irish Studies
• Modern Languages and Cultures
• Politics

The School is known for its innovative interdisciplinary research that supports and reflects the interests of the many leading academics who are based here. Our research engages with a wide spectrum of particular research strengths including:

Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology: areas of research expertise include Archaeology of Human Origins, Early Village Societies, Egyptology and Egyptian Archaeology, Mediterranean Archaeology, Ancient Economies, Receptions, Ancient Religions and Literary Culture of the Roman Empire.

History: areas of research expertise span medieval to modern history. Departmental research clusters include: Transnational Histories; Cultural and Social History (sub-themes in emotions and Experiences, oral History, Crime and Violence and Gender and Sexuality); Knowledge, Text and Archive (with sub-themes in Expertise and Knowledge, Business and Industry, and Histories of Science and Medicine); Religious Cultures; Rural and Urban Environments; Political Histories and Cultures. Historians also participate in interdisciplinary research centres: Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Eighteenth-Century Worlds; Europe and the World; the Centre for the Study of International Slavery; and the Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology.

Irish Studies: areas of research expertise include Northern Ireland/Ulster, Political Inclusion and Exclusion in Ireland, Religion and Identity in Ireland and its Diaspora and History of the Irish Literary Revival.

Modern Languages and Cultures: areas of research expertise include Critical Theory and Gender Studies, Colonial and post-colonial Studies, Film (European, Latin American, Brazilian and Chinese), History of the Book, Latin American, Caribbean and American Studies, Sociolinguistics, Literature (Medieval to 21st Century), Translation Studies, Travel Writing, Slavery and Post-Slavery Studies, Social and Cultural History, Sociology, Anthropology and Contemporary Politics.

Politics: areas of research expertise include British and Northern Irish Politics, Electoral politics, International Relations, International organisations, International policy transfer, Changing norms in warfare, Anti-terrorism, Immigration, Political theory and ethics, Nationalism and ethnic conflict, Democratisation in Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, Middle East and Africa, International political economy of the Middle East, Policy Transfer, Lesson Drawing and knowledge updating, American and British Public and Social Policy.

We attract talented postgraduate research students from around the world who benefit from our expert supervision and the extended support of the Liverpool Doctoral College. If you are interested in pursuing doctoral research in any area listed above we are keen to hear from you. In joining us you will become part of a community of over 180 postgraduate research students who make up an integral part of the HLC academic community.

As a student in HLC you will benefit from our strong campus-based facilities, including our library resources (which incorporate extensive electronic collections and manuscript and rare book collections in Special Collections and Archives), the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, the Elizabeth Slater Archaeological Research Laboratories and a number of interdisciplinary research institutes which nurture doctoral researchers, including Europe and the World Centre, the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (a joint venture with the International Slavery Museum), the Eighteenth Century-Worlds Research Centre and the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Further enhancing the experience of PGRs are our strong links with universities and research institutes across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. In addition, you will benefit from collaborations between the School and cultural institutions such as, Tate Liverpool, FACT, International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, nationally including British Library, V&A Museum, BBC, Gilder Lehrman Centre (USA), Irish Community Care (Ireland), Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), Mémorial de l'abolition de l'esclavage (Nantes).
To help facilitate your participation in local, national and international conferences, seminars and other research activities, including fieldwork the School offers the opportunity to apply for additional financial support for PGR research expenses through a dedicated Postgraduate Research Fund. This is made available alongside several departmental sources of funding. The School is also embedded within the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) and the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP). These are consortia involving the University of Liverpool, Keele University, Lancaster University and the University of Manchester and such partnerships provide our postgraduate research students with access to the resources, facilities, expertise and research training of four leading UK universities as members of Methods North West and Arts methods North West. Annual competitions are held to determine the allocation of PhD studentships so please visit the ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) and the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) webpages for further information on eligibility and how to apply.

 Through our contribution to these inter-University collaborations all PGR students have access to our own cross-Faculty research and methods training initiative known as [email protected] This initiative hosts events and activities throughout the academic year to provide expert, cutting edge and innovative research training for our postgraduate students. In addition, the University operates LiNK, a programme that ‘links' postgraduate students from across ten departments with cultural and creative industry partners to engage in collaborative partnerships sponsored by the University of Liverpool. LiNK offers optional tailor-made short-term placement, training and networking opportunities for PhD students to gain real-life and career enhancing skills as part of their doctoral programme.

To learn more about the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool and to find out more about the research interests of our staff then please visit: ;

PGR Open Day

On Wednesday 7 November, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are holding a PGR Open Day.

The PGR Open Day is aimed at third-year undergraduates and master's students, from any institution, who are considering progressing to a PhD programme at the University of Liverpool in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

There will be an opportunity to meet representatives from all Schools and Departments in the Faculty, as well as a series of talks:
• Writing a good research proposal
• Applying for funding for arts and humanities PhDs from the AHRC via the NWCDTP
• Applying for funding and social science PhDs from the ESRC via the NWSSDTP
• Other sources of PhD Funding

To find out more and to register please visit:

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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