The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. By studying with us, you will be joining one of the most successful and respected institutions of its kind in the world, with an international reputation for high-calibre teaching and research.
The University of Edinburgh was ranked 14th for Arts and Humanities in the 2016-2017 THE World University Rankings whilst the research quality of our School was confirmed in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), where History was ranked third and Classics ranked fifth in the UK for combined quality and size. In Archaeology, fifty per cent of the staff assessed were rated as ‘world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent'.
Our School offers a diverse and energetic research culture covering many periods, geographical areas, themes and approaches across the subjects of Archaeology, Classics, and History.
Research in Archaeology is structured around four themes: Prehistoric archaeology; Classical and historical archaeology; Bioarchaeology and Archaeological Science.
Research themes in Classics include Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman history, Classical art and archaeology, and reception studies.
History has expertise across every continent and time period and research groups in Global and Transnational History; Economic and Social History; Political History; Irish History.
We also have a number of cross-School research groups: Digital Humanities; Intellectual History; Late Antique and Byzantine Studies; Material Culture; the History of Science, Medicine and Technology; and three Research Centres: The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict; the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; and the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.
The PhD is an advanced research degree which is a 3 year (full time) or 6 year (part time) programme, leading to a dissertation of 80-100,000 words on an original topic, researched and written under the expert supervision of academic staff.
We offer PhDs in:
• Economic and Social History
• Scottish History
Research interests of our staff and how to identify a potential supervisor - click here.
PhD students participate actively in our lively research culture through our research groups and centres and through staff and student-led workshops and seminars. The School provides training in research and professional skills, and PhD students also benefit from the training and professional development offered by the Institute of Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh as well as the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. PhD students have access to dedicated study space in the School.
The School has access to a number of sources of PhD funding, including School Doctoral Scholarships, AHRC Scholarships within the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, ESRC Scholarships within the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and funding competitions within the University of Edinburgh.
How to apply
Applicants should contact the Graduate School for further guidance, then submit an online application.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3772
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.