Graduate (Research)

Are you thinking of applying to study for an MPhil/PhD at UCL History? Great! One important thing to note is that if you plan to start studying in September 2018, the deadline for applications is 30 July 2018.

You can find the UCL prospectus data for this programme below, but in the meantime here are some other key sources of information:

  • This document gives advice about the application process, including identifying a supervisor and writing a research proposal.
  • Applications for most PhD funding are now closed for the 2018 session, but you can read about some smaller scholarships and find out the timetable for future years at our Funding Opportunities page.
  • If you're interested in what our current PhD students are doing, you should click through to our PhD page, which lists everybody's projects and links through to their personal profile pages.
  • This Graduate Research FAQ answers some of the more common questions that we receive from prospective students, and will be regularly updated.

If you still have questions about PhD study at UCL History, you can contact the postgraduate administrator Jess Hindes at j.hindes@ucl.ac.uk, or the postgraduate tutor Thom Rath at t.rath@ucl.ac.uk.

History MPhil/PhD

The MPhil/PhD programme in History offers students the possibility to study in the heart of London in a vibrant research community. Students will work with world-leading academics, gaining the skills to move into careers both within and outside of academia.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£5,060 (FT) £2,530 (PT)
£19,580 (FT) £9,850 (PT)
Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at the universities of Oxford, St. Andrews, Bristol and Liverpool, whilst others have entered careers in the civil service and the cultural sector working as archivists and curators in institutions such as the Tower of London.

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research
  • Lecturer in History, King's College London
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, UCL
  • Academic Lecturer, University of York

As part of the degree, students are given training designed especially to help enhance their employability. The department runs a bi-weekly Research Training Seminar which includes sessions that focus specifically on skills needed for academics as well as guidance on careers outside of academia. There is also a wide variety of courses available to students via the Skills Development programme, including languages, academic writing for non-native English speakers, sessions on professional and career development, getting published and research and analysis methods. The department maintains strong links with UCL's careers service and delivers specialist sessions for research students.


The Research Training Seminar allows students to connect with people in careers both within and outside of academia. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and give papers at conferences, establishing contacts with academics and also peers working in their field. A Postgraduate Research Conference is held on an annual basis and is entirely organised by our own students, providing networking opportunities. The AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership consortium with King's College London and the School of Advanced Study provides for additional networking opportunities.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

With its wide-ranging expertise, covering almost all areas of historical scholarship, and its proximity to institutions such as the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research and the Warburg Institute, among others, UCL offers unique conditions for doctoral research in history. At any one time the History Department contains between 70 and 90 postgraduate research students - working on topics that range chronologically from the ancient Near East to twentieth-century Europe and the Americas. Our staff as well as our student body are extremely cosmopolitan, attracting students from all over the world.

In addition to the department's regular training sessions, most doctoral students participate in the seminars of the Institute of Historical Research and take modules at the UCL Graduate School. Our research students regularly organise their own workshops, conferences and seminars.

Department: History

Student / staff numbers › 54 staff including 6 postdocs › 95 taught students › 70 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: History
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree reviews
Student review

"Having studied at UCL for both my MA and BA, I already knew the advantages of continuing to study here. The resources, access to the British Library, access to the Institute of Historical Research and other institutes, and the vibrant academic culture all make UCL the best choice for graduate study. The range of seminars and conferences across the London colleges cannot be beaten. Finally the range and experience of UCL History is one of the best in the country."

Benedict Wiedemann

Medieval History PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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