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Study History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh - funding opportunities available

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

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Our School
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 is ranked 14th for Arts and Humanities in the 2018 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 Programmes

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:

• History
• Economic and Social History
• Scottish History
• Classics
• Archaeology

The size of Edinburgh's history department, and the breadth of expertise available from our staff, means that we can offer supervision for research projects in a wide array of fields, spanning two millennia and five continents.
We have particularly strong research concentrations in Scottish history, American history, Irish history, social and economic history and medieval history.

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

• Global and Transnational History
• Intellectual history of early modern Europe (including Britain and Ireland)

We can offer supervision and welcome applications across most of the major areas of Classical studies: Greek and Latin literature and thought, Greek, Roman and Byzantine history, and classical art and archaeology.

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

• Ancient Law
• The Classical Tradition in Byzantium/the Medieval West

Our research interests range from human osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology to Roman archaeology, early civilisations and urban societies in Europe, the Byzantine world and late antiquity, late hunter-gatherers and the spread of farming in Europe, megalithic monuments, later European prehistory and the archaeology of Scotland.

We are also keen to encourage applications from prospective doctoral students in the following research areas:

• Cultural Heritage and Community Engagement
• Western and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

PhD students participate actively in our lively research culture through our research groups and centres and through staff and student-led workshops and seminars. We have a number of cross-School research groups, including Digital Humanities; Intellectual History; Late Antique and Byzantine Studies; Material Culture; the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. We also have three Research Centres: The Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History; the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; and the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.

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
To find out more about the research interests of our staff and to identify a potential supervisor, please consult our website -

Applicants should contact the Graduate School for further guidance, then submit an online application.
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3772

Apply now 


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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