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As a postgraduate student in History you will be part of a thriving research community, benefiting from quality research-led teaching and supervision and access to outstanding facilities.

The size and scope of our department means we offer research supervision across a wide range of subject areas from the early medieval period to the 20th century. It also means we have a truly global reach, covering Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

We have research interests in British, European and world history, with expertise in economic and social history, local history, maritime history, religious and cultural history, medical history, and political history. Members of the department are committed to interdisciplinary approaches and have strong links with colleagues in Arab and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, Classics, English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, and Theology. Joint supervision for PhD students can be, and often is, arranged with these subjects and others within the University.

Explore our research centres and research projects to find out more about our current research topics. Visit our History staff profiles pages for details on individual staff research interests and publications.

Student experience

Find out what our current PhD students are researching and hear from some of them about why they love their PhD.