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Research Programmes

The School of Histories and Humanities offers two research programmes: a Doctoral Programme leading to the PhD degree (3-4 years full time, 6 years part time) and a Research Master’s leading to the M.Litt. degree (2 years full time, 3 years part time). PhD students complete a thesis of no more than 100,000 words. M.Litt. students write a thesis of no more than 60,000 words.

Doctoral students and M.Litt. students undertake focused research with supervision. Potential applicants should prepare a proposal on an original research topic and approach a member of staff with appropriate expertise to act as supervisor for the project. Once a supervisor has been identified students must submit a formal application through the online admissions system. The application is then reviewed by the School. Questions may be addressed to the School’s Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Dr Martine Cuypers

Guidelines for Writing a Postgraduate Research Proposal (PDF, 678kb)

For details of staff research interests please select the relevant department:

 • Classics •  Gender and Women’s Studies •  History •  History of Art and Architecture • 


All students are enrolled in the Structured PhD Programme or Structured M.Litt. Programme (as appropriate). This requires the completion and maintenance of a Research and Professional Development Plan, participation in relevant research seminars and annual progress reviews as part of compulsory research training modules. Where appropriate, doctoral students may audit additional modules to gain specific skills. The Student Learning Development team also offer workshops to support postgraduate students. These cover topics such as research skills, writing skills, self-management, presenting papers and getting published.

Information about fees can be found here.

Information about funding opportunities is available here.

Further information and links to the application system can be found here.

Examples of recent theses can be found via the links below.