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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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application dates

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.

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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Overview

UCL History has a huge range of research specialities from ancient to contemporary history. Over 30 full-time academics are based in the Department, all with different interests and areas of expertise. See the staff homepage for the full range of research covered within the department.

Research areas

  • American and Latin American history
  • Ancient history (in particular, Greek, Roman and the Ancient Near East)
  • Medieval history
  • Early modern and modern history of Britain and Europe
  • Intellectual history
  • Transnational history
  • Medieval history
  • Transnational history
  • History of medicine
The department currently hosts five UK Research Council-funded research projects: Law and the End of Empire (Projet Volterra); Cultural Memory and British Cinema-Going in the 1960s; The Legacies of British Slave-ownership.

Funding

Our students are funded primarily through external funding opportunities, including Wolfson scholarships and Graduate and Overseas Research Studentships (GRS/ORS), the AHRC and ESRC.

Funding opportunities change each academic year, a full list of studentships is available here.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

Value:
£2,500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Richard Chattaway Scholarship

Value:
£2,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Wolfson Scholarships

Value:
£27,000 (3 years)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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 degree

  • Lecturer, University of York (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki (2011)
  • Course Tutor, Royal Holloway (2011)
  • Research Fellow, University of Warwick (2012)
  • Researcher, Sorbonne (2013)

Employability

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.

Networking

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 UCL History Alumnus Juliet Gardiner and Jeremy Bowen. 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 and the School of Advanced Study provides for additional networking opportunities.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 39 staff including 8 postdocs › 101 taught students › 46 research students

Department: History

Degree reviews

Student review

"Having studied at UCL for my BA and MA, I knew that UCL was the best place for me to research my PhD because of the libraries and facilities it offers, and because of the research interests and expertise of my supervisors and peers. It is a wonderfully supportive university, with a fantastic graduate community; there is always somebody to discuss your latest findings with, and somebody to point you in the direction of an article you might otherwise have overlooked, or of a piece of evidence which needs to be taken into consideration."

Jen Hicks

History PhD
Student review

"I applied to UCL because of its reputation as a centre of research excellence in the UK, and the support that it offers for graduate research students like myself. SSEES also possesses one of the largest concentrations of researchers who work in my area out of any other university in the UK, and offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary talks, conferences and workshops. Its location in the central London was also very important for me because of the close proximity to many libraries and archives that are vital for my research."

Thomas Jones

History MPhil/PhD
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 the History department at UCL is one of the best in the country."

Benedict Wiedemann

Medieval History PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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