Research degrees at Cornwall Campus

MPhil/PhD programmes
Programme titleStart dateLocation
 October, January* or April*  Streatham and Penryn (Cornwall) Campuses
 October, January* or April*  Penryn Cornwall Campus (Cornwall)

History at our Penryn Campus in Cornwall offers an exciting mix of subjects, approaches, and time periods, which are enhanced by the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of our staff that are based there. By experiencing the new types of history and new ways of historical thinking found at our Penryn Campus, our students develop new perspectives both on the past and the present.

Research work with external sponsors

Aside from the exciting intellectual community our staff and students in Cornwall have helped to create and develop, we have also established links with organisations outside of the university. These links are particularly in the heritage sector, but also with local businesses and social enterprises on research work that has a direct economic impact.

Much of this has been funded by the European Social Fund but we have also had a number of projects funded by the Knowledge Transfer schemes run by the AHRC. These have included collaborations with:

These projects are designed and created by our staff and sometimes include Doctoral studentship opportunities, which are normally advertised in May or June.

Doctoral supervision areas at our Cornwall Campus


Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt

US criminal and nativist policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; organised crime, nativism and criminal migration in a more global context as well as American fraternal organisations and hate groups – in particular the KKK.

Prof Alan Booth

British economic policy and performance since 1900; automation and productive technology in Britain and America since 1900; the impact of computers on office work; the social, economic and cultural impact of changes in patterns of work since 1945; economic thought and economic policy in the UK since 1918.

Dr Tim Cooper

The history of environmentalism and environmental politics; British Environmental History and History of Technology; British political history, especially history of popular politics and British radicalism.

Dr Anna Green

Social and/or cultural history that engages with memory, public or autobiographical; community histories; museums; and heritage.

Dr Richard Noakes

The History of science and technology, 1750-1950; Western esotericism and the occult, 1750-1950; Science and religion, 1750-1950; Science and literature, 1750-1950; Victorian Britain; Historical sociology of science.

Prof Philip Payton

Modern Cornish history; especially emigration and transnational identity; literary constructions of Cornwall and the Cornish; Australian history; especially migration and identity; the Great War; mining and mining communities.

Dr Catriona Pennell

The cultural history of the First World War and the war and its aftermath in the Middle East; and the following projects are of real interest to her: Britain, Ireland and the First World War; 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) divisions during the Spring Offensives 1918; The war in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918; Myths and rumor in wartime (20th century); British informal empire and imperial control in post-1918 Iraq and Transjordan; Sir Kinahan Cornwallis and British imperialism in Iraq, 1914-1958.

Dr Garry Tregidga

The relationship between cultural memory, oral history and party politics; the importance of myth and tradition in relation to political cultures and competing narratives at the regional level in Britain both in the past and present, including a specific focus on the political identity of Cornwall since the 1880s in regards to both Westminster-based parties and nationalist movements like Mebyon Kernow; the importance of kinship, religion and community networks.

Dr Nicola Whyte

Landscape, agricultural and environmental history c.1500 to c.1800 and early modern social history are Nicola’s key research areas.  She is very keen to supervise projects on the history, archaeology and writing of vernacular landscapes shaped and valued by the bottom 95% of the population. Projects that seek to develop interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives, especially relating to Nicola’s research interests on the linked themes of landscape, space and place and landscape, memory and identity are particularly of interest to her.