UCL Medieval and Renaissance Studies


PhD Opportunities

UCL has a wide range of experienced staff with strong supervision records who will be happy to supervise research students in their areas of expertise. Staff happily respond to direct contact by prospective PhD applicants.

It is good to do this sooner, rather than later. As students seeking funding will need to have well-developed proposals, and applied by, early January (before they plan to start the PhD).

Applicants should have contacted prospective supervisors before this point.


Students are admitted to particular Departments or Schools.

The deadlines for PhD funding and applications therefore vary, so specific deadlines should be checked.

Students working on medieval and/or renaissance topics may be working in discrete fields (e.g. History) or interdisciplinary ones (e.g. Scandinavian Studies and English).

Accordingly, funding at UCL may come from a number of sources.

People to contact to clarify this are listed below. 


If you are interested in doing a PhD at UCL in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and are unsure who to contact in the first instance, you can contact:

Medieval and Renaissance English literatures

Medieval European literatures and Renaissance Studies

  • Professor Dilwyn Knox, Professor of Renaissance Studies, School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)

Medieval and Renaissance history

  • Professor David d'Avray, Degree Tutor, Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA, History Department, is happy to respond to students' questions about potential PhD supervisors within UCL.

Interdisciplinary fields