History PhD

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PhD History


Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) preferably in history and an MA in history at merit or above. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park
Other requirements



We are confident that you will find the Department of History a stimulating place in which to conduct your research. The Department 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 many possibilities to participate in interdisciplinary research networks, contribute to research seminars, organise conferences and gain teaching experience.

Our department has a wide range of expertise across all periods of history, across many geographical areas and covering most major genres of historical research and writing. Please see the Academic Staff Index for the full list of our staff's expertise.

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 Ph.D. 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.

You will therefore be able to identity a suitable supervisor for almost any doctoral project you are intending to undertake. When a project requires expertise which spans to two or more departments in the University, we may be able to offer co-supervision with colleagues in other disciplines, and for students with Midlands3Cities funding, co-supervision at other universities too.

You can get a good idea of the range of subject areas and the types of projects which academic staff here supervise from the profiles of current PhD students in the Department of History. 



The Department of History is located near the West entrance of University Park Campus in Lenton Grove, an attractive 18th-century building. It is close to the Sports Centre and only a few minutes' walk from the Hallward Library, and from the coffee bars, cafes and shops in the Portland Building. This is where you will find our staff offices, staff common room, teaching rooms, and a computer suite.

The free University shuttle bus service stops just in front of our building and goes around the University Park campus and to Kings Meadow and Jubilee Park campuses. This service runs every 15 minutes during term time.

IT and Study Facilities

Research postgraduates have access to the dedicated research postgraduate study space in the Humanities Building opposite Lenton Grove, and it's computers, printers and a scanner. There is also a microfiche/film reader and printer. All postgraduates an use the Department of History's on-site student computer suite with printing facilities. All these facilities are accessible 24 hours a day. The University also provides its students with access to general IT facilities through a number of computer rooms spread across its campuses. The University's Graduate School also offers postgraduate students working space, and facilities for relaxing and socialising.

Research students in the Department of History may use staff photocopying facilities free of charge (for reasonable usage) and in addition receive an annual allowance for photocopying and printing off-premises. Inter-Library Loan vouchers up to a specified value per annum are also available to research students.

To encourage full integration of PhD students into the Department of History's academic and social community, postgraduate students are also welcome to use the staff common room, where you can consult magazines, historical journals and reference books, find out about forthcoming conferences, seminars, fellowships and awards from the departmental display board, and use the kettle and microwave.

The Hallward Library is situated in the centre of the campus, just 10 minutes' walk from our Department.

Research Facilities

The University of Nottingham Manuscripts & Special Collections are situated at Kings Meadow campus and have won recognition for their national and international importance. 

Nottingham is an ideal centre for research, with excellent research facilities of its own, and an ideal central position which enables research postgraduates to access additional library and archival resources in London and elsewhere.


Research support

Research Support

In addition to the minimum of ten annual supervisory meetings you will have with your supervisors, a number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. Academic Support, within Student Services, provides support for a range of study and academic writing issues. The Graduate School can be a particularly important source of support. 

Research Training

Supervisors will discuss training needs with each research student at the start of their studies and draw up a programme of individually tailored training which will be reviewed and revised when necessary during their research degree. The University of Nottingham's Graduate School's Research Training Programme offers a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses from 'Using Archives in Your Research', to 'Pathways into Publishing'. The Graduate School also runs training targeted specifically at Faculty of Arts students and the Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Centre coordinates training and events that are relevant and useful to research postgraduates in History. Classes are provided in a number of modern and classical languages for which funding is often available.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the department website. You can also contact the Director of Postgraduate Research in History, Dr Karen Adler.


Fees and funding

UK/EU Students

We recognise that this is one of the most crucial factors in your decision to pursue postgraduate research, and in choosing the right place to study. At the same time, we recognise that it can be difficult to navigate your way through all the different funding opportunities for postgraduate study. We are committed to helping all current and potential postgraduate students to find sources of funding to enable them to study at Nottingham. 

Please see further details on the funding opportunities, application procedures and deadlines.

The University's Graduate School has extensive further information on identifying appropriate sources of funding and making applications.

We encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities. Informal enquiries concerning all funding opportunities may be addressed to the Director of Postgraduate Research: Dr Karen Adler, Department of History, Lenton Grove, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.  

Midlands4Cities funding

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

How to apply to the University of Nottingham through Midlands4Cities

Government loans for doctoral study

Doctoral student loans of up to £25,700 are available for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or Wales.

Funded routes to PhD

Apply for a studentship

A studentship is a fully funded research place in a specific area. The process is similar to applying for a job and the advert will give specific details of how to do this.

Explore doctoral training programmes

If you choose a doctoral training programme, you will benefit from high-level research and skills training, with places often funded by research councils or charitable trusts. Each opportunity has a different application process and deadlines.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

We also provide information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study, as well as country-specific resources.



Please see the History research courses page for additional opportunities.

Average starting salary and career progression

Owing to our reputation for excellence, 95% of postgraduates from the School of History entered employment or further study during the first six months after graduation in 2015.

The average starting salary for Faculty of Arts postgraduates was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15.Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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