At Nottingham, we have a large Department of History, with over fifty research-active academics. You will benefit from:
World-leading research supervision
- Ranked 7th in the UK for research power (2021), according to Times Higher Education
- 90% of the department’s research is classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
Extensive chronological supervisory expertise
Our staff have broad research interests, covering all historical periods from the early middle ages (c.500-c.1500), through the Early Modern era (c.1500-c.1800) and the modern period (1789-1945) to the contemporary history of present day (post-1945).
Wide-ranging geographical scope
Our research scope includes the UK and Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, China and Japan, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa and North America.
A range of historical approaches and genres
Our academics specialise in a range of historical methodologies across all periods, including:
- Black studies
- Colonial and diplomatic history
- Cultural history
- Economic and urban history
- Histories of conflict and protest
- Histories of the environment
- Histories of sexuality and gender
- Medical and disability history
- Political history
- Religious history
- Social history
And many others…
This is your opportunity to explore your research interests with expert guidance, and change the way we understand the past!
During the course of your studies, doctoral students can apply to work as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) within the Department of History. These PGTA contracts, offered on a part-time annualised hours contract of employment, will allow students to gain invaluable teaching experience delivering and supporting seminars, as well as marking, assessing and giving feedback on students’ work. Dedicated training and professional development is provided.
- Find a supervisor for your research
- Write a research proposal
- Apply for funding
Alumni and career profiles
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