History MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£22,900
£11,530
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.
Applications accepted
All applicants: 01 Nov 2021 – 22 Jul 2022

Applications open

This is the final UCL deadline for applications. No new applications for September 2022 entry will be considered after this date. Please note that we accept applicants for September entry only.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

With its wide-ranging expertise, covering almost all areas of historical scholarship, and proximity to institutions such as the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, UCL History offers unique opportunities for graduate students. Our staff and student body are extremely cosmopolitan and the department attracts students from all over the world. Students take advantage of our vast academic expertise, the plethora of networking opportunities available and the chance to get involved in hosting events. We offer individual research supervision from world-leading historians and are committed to offering a PhD programme that reflects our students' diverse needs.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

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 50 and 70 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, and we attract 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.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Kent and St Andrews, 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.

Networking

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.

Teaching and learning

PhD students will produce a thesis of no more than 100,000 words. 

Research areas and structure

  • 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 a number of UK Research Council-funded projects including 'Women in the Miners' Strike', 'The Nahrein Network: New Ancient History Research for Education in Iraq and its Neighbours', and 'Democracy, Autocracy, and Sovereign Debt'.

Research environment

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, doctoral students participate in the seminars of the Institute of Historical Research and take modules at the UCL Graduate School, although these modules will not be credit bearing for MPhil/PhD students. As research students, you will regularly organise your own workshops, conferences and seminars, including an annual postgraduate research conference hosted at UCL.

You will be able to take advantage of our vast academic expertise, the plethora of networking opportunities available and the chance to get involved in hosting events. We offer individual research supervision from leading historians and a commitment to individual attention for all students.

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
  • History of medicine

The department is host to a number of projects funded by UK and European research councils. More information about these can be found on our departmental website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/research/research-grants

Full-time

As a student on a research degree you will usually be registered for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), with the option of a further year as a completing research student (CRS) in which to finish writing up your research.

Most of the three or four years during which you are studying for your PhD will be spent engaging in independent research, in consultation with your supervisor. Regular meetings with this supervisor will inform the structure and timescale of your research. Your work and these meetings will be recorded in a compulsory research log, which allows you and the department to be certain that you are making appropriate progress.

As a History PhD student, you are invited to attend Research Training Seminars, which run roughly fortnightly during the first two terms of each academic year. These seminars offer skills training as well as hosting research presentations from students in the later years of the programme, and are compulsory for you to attend until upgrade. (Many students later in the PhD process will continue to attend relevant sessions.)

In second year you will be expected to upgrade from MPhil to PhD status. This usually takes place in the first term of your second year of (full-time study). You will be required to submit an upgrade packet which includes a completed chapter and a plan for the rest of your thesis. You will make an oral presentation to the Research Training Seminar and will be interviewed by a panel including their secondary supervisor, the graduate tutor, and an external examiner not involved in your supervision. Successful completion of the upgrade allows you to transfer to full PhD status.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £22,900 £11,530

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Students who wish to be considered for most of the major funding schemes will need to submit their application to UCL before our departmental deadline of Tuesday 4th January 2022. All applications received by this date will be considered for any UCL funding scheme for which they are eligible. External funders may require you to complete additional, separate application forms. For more information on this please see our Funding page.

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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

We recommend that students identify and contact their potential supervisor before they submit their application to us. More guidance is available on our Prospective Students page

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021