History MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • American, Latin American and Caribbean history
  • Ancient history (including the Ancient Near East)
  • Early modern and modern history of Britain and Europe
  • History of medicine
  • Imperial history
  • Intellectual, cultural and religious history
  • Medieval history
  • Transnational history
  • History of science
  • 19th- and 20th-century and gender history
The department currently hosts five UK Research Council-funded research projects: Law and the End of Empire (Projet Volterra); Mechanisms of Communication in an Ancient Empire; The East India Company at Home: 1757–1857; Cultural Memory and British Cinema-Going in the 1960s; The Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

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Entry requirements

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

English level expected: Advanced


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) 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.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the areas of literature, language and history.

Two MA and three PhD AHRC Scholarships and a number of bursaries for MA students. Richard Chattaway Scholarship (worth £2,000) awarded for postgraduate work in the history of modern warfare from 1870. Departmental funding available for conference attendance, archive visits and language training.

Scholarships available for this department

Richard Chattaway Scholarship

For prospective full-time research students in the Department of Hisory, who are conducting work into the history of modern warfare from 1870. This award is based on academic merit. To apply, students must supply a CV, an outline of their research, and the contact details of two referees to the Department of History.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

J H Burns Studentship

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Queen Mary University London, Lecturer in American History, 2011
  • University of Helsinki, Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2011
  • Royal Holloway, Course Tutor, 2011
  • University of Warwick, Research Fellow, 2012
  • UCL, Teaching Fellow, 2010


Students find our programmes especially help to enhance their analytical and presentation skills and specific training and guidance in provided during their time in the department. The department maintains strong links with UCL's careers service and delivers specialist sessions where appropriate. Opportunities to stand on committees and to orgnaise events are other areas where our students develop their skills.


The Research Training Seminar allows students to connect with people in careers both within and outside of academia. Recent careers events for History research students have included talks with Juliet Gardiner UCL History Alumnus, Jeremy Bowen. Students are stronly encouraged to attend and give papers at conferences all over the world, 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 invaluable networking opportunities liaising with academics from other institutions.

Next steps


Miss Joanna Fryer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1340



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