UCL Graduate degrees


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 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 23 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£22,230 (FT)
£11,190 (PT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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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.

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 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'.

More information can be found on the department website: History MPhil/PhD

About this degree

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

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 Friday 3rd January 2020. 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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

Deadline: 15 May 2021
£2,500 towards tuition fees (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

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


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.


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.

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 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.

Department: History

What our students and staff say

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
23 July 2021

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

For more information see our Applications page.

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