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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 

History PhD


History at Queen's is an excellent base for a wide range of postgraduate research projects leading to the degree of PhD.  Candidates for PhD are normally required to hold or be completing an MA (or equivalent) in History or a cognate subject before applying.
The History postgraduate community of over 40 students is centered around our weekly research seminars, in which students present their own research in a programme and which has also included historians from the universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Georgia, Glasgow, Princeton, UCL, Trinity College Dublin, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Our postgraduate historians also present their work at conferences and seminars. Postgraduates within the School have published or had accepted for publication articles in Historical Journal, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Church History, Scottish History Review, Irish Historical Studies, Journal of American Studies, and History Ireland amongst other publications. 
Queen’s is one of the premier research centres globally for the study of Irish history and boasts a large and active team of researchers in this field, with interests ranging from the middle ages to the twentieth century. We have particular strength in depth in the history of Irish religion, politics, gender relations, and Ireland's relationships with Britain and the wider world. Other areas of particular research expertise include 20th-century British social, cultural, political and imperial history, the history of the U.S. South, gender history and religious history. There are also specialists in the history of Ancient Rome, Medieval England and Europe, Early Modern Britain and Europe, twentieth-century Europe, modern China, India, and South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Resources for Research

Major research resources close at hand include the extensive collection of Irish manuscripts, books and pamphlets in the Queen's University Library's Special Collections.  Our new state of the art McClay Library has extensive book and journal holdings, and also subscribes to many of the principal online resources for historical study, including ECCO, EEBO, HCPP, etc. The wide ranging collections of modern and older publications in Belfast's historic Linen Hall Library, the extensive manuscript holdings for Irish and British history of the newly enhanced Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and other local depositories. The nearby Gamble Library holds specialist collections in religious history and theology. The collections of the Irish National Archives and National Library of Ireland in Dublin are within commuting distance. Full-time postgraduate students within the School are guaranteed office space along with dedicated computing facilities. The postgraduate skills training programme for research students includes mentored employment as tutorial assistants. We are part of the AHRC Northern Bridge Partnership supporting postgraduate research and training.

Research Seminars

The School boasts a number of regular research seminars. The Postgraduate Research Seminar, run by research students themselves, meets regularly throughout the academic year: speakers are drawn from our own postgraduate community and from other universities in Ireland and Britain. The Irish History Students’ Association, of which QUB is a founder member, holds an annual conference at which postgraduate students from across the island meet and read papers. Other regular seminar series are in religious studies, US history, Irish Studies, 18th-Century Studies, Medieval Studies and Postcolonial Studies. Queen's hosts regular meetings of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Queen’s students also have the opportunity to attend rich variety of public lectures and research seminars available within the School and in other parts of the university, highlighted by our annual Wiles lecture series, delivered by a historian of global standing. Postgraduates thus have the opportunity to become fully part of a programme of active historical research in an atmosphere of wide ranging intellectual interchange and enquiry.

PhD History Students

For a full list of our current History PhD students and their projects, click here.‌



How to apply for a History PhD

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Postgraduate Research In History (PhD)