General PhD Information
The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse. It includes many of our own graduates, as well as graduates of British and Irish universities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, and UCD, and international institutions such as Princeton, Georgetown and Minzu University Beijing.
What is a PhD?
Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge, which extends the forefront of a discipline, through original research. This requires the ability to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding.
Entry to the PhD programme requires at least an honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline, and usually also a masters level degree (or equiavlent). The programme runs for 3 year's full-time or 6 years part-time study, leading to a dissertation of c.80,000 words.
How do I apply?
Applications to study for a PhD are handled centrally by the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Office.
To apply, you should use the online application system available here.
We encourage applicants to apply early to be considered for either Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme scholarships (NBDTP) or DEL studentships.
Please choose your referees carefully, as they are contacted for their opinion as to your suitably for research. Also, take care to describe clearly the level of your primary degree. If you obtained your primary degree from a university outside the UK it can speed up the application process if you can relate your qualification to the UK system.
Before submitting an online application form, applicants are strongly recommended to contact the member of academic staff that they feel best suited to discuss their research interests to discuss supervision possibilities, and/or the postgraduate research advisor for the discipline (see below).
Why A PhD?
In addition to allowing you to pursue your research interests to an advanced level, a PhD in History or Anthropology offers an essential qualification for entry to academic and academic-related careers, as well as key transferable skills in extended research methods, project organisation and communications, applicable to a wide range of careers in the arts, administration and business. As well as academia, our recent PhD graduates hold posts in professional representation bodies, overseas-development NGOs, research libraries, management consultancy, public relations, heritage management etc. For more information on PhDs and employment, see What do PhDs do? on the Vitae website.
Inquiries about PhDs in History should be directed to Dr Scott Dixon