Department of History

History research degrees (PhD, MPhil, MRes)

Why a research degree at Nottingham?

We have a vibrant and active research culture with more than 35 members of academic staff, of whom nearly all are internationally recognised scholars in their respective fields of activity.

The department is involved in many joint research projects with international partners and with public organisations. The latest Research Excellence Framework found 98% of our publications worthy of international recognition in terms of their originality, significance and rigour.

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History students have access to a generous collection of books and journals in the Hallward Library

Supervision and research expertise

The department offers supervision for MPhil, PhD and MRes students in a wide range of areas.

Many of the senior staff are recognised as global leaders in their field. Our younger academics are building international reputations as strong, imaginative and innovative researchers. We are all dedicated to supervising PhD research projects and further developing the rich and vibrant research culture in the Department of History, to which both staff and students contribute and from which we all benefit.

Expertise includes:

  • Business history
  • Colonial history
  • Conflict history
  • Cultural history
  • Diplomatic history and International Relations
  • Economic history
  • Environmental history
  • Intellectual history
  • Histories of gender and sexuality
  • History of medicine
  • History of the enslaved
  • Jewish history
  • Labour history
  • Local history
  • Migration history
  • Political history
  • Religious history
  • Social history
  • Urban history

You will therefore be able to identify a suitable supervisor for almost any doctoral project you want to undertake. When a project requires expertise spanning two or more departments in the University, we may be able to offer co-supervision with colleagues in other disciplines.

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Teaching and learning

The Department of History offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.

The Department of History has a thriving research community which includes both staff and research students, and will offer you many opportunities to develop your skills and widen your intellectual horizons. There are opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary research and contribute to research seminars.

Students are encouraged to participate in the department’s own regular research workshops and conferences held at Nottingham by the research centres, networks and other bodies, including:

Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for doctoral students both in terms of formal seminars, symposia and conferences, and personal study space.

Key spaces for History students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to History students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, the Hallward Library, with its generous holdings of books and journals, and Manuscripts and Special Collections.


Funding for research students

The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).

The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.

The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. 

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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships. 

You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.


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Admissions: Dr Karen Adler
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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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