As a PhD student in the department, you will become a full member of a thriving research community which includes both staff and research students. You will attend and present your work at regular joint staff-postgraduate research seminars. During your studies you will have many opportunities to develop your skills and widen your intellectual horizons. The University offers excellent research and training facilities through its Graduate School, numerous libraries and an advanced information technology infrastructure. Postgraduates also benefit from the social, cultural and sports facilities available at the University and in the City of Nottingham.
Thriving research culture
Academic staff of the Department of History take a leading role in numerous University research institutes and research centres. These include the Institute for Medieval Research, the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies, the Institute for the Study of Slavery and the Centre for Economic and Business History. The department is also developing particular areas of strength through investing resources in its own interdisciplinary research networks 'Medieval Heresy and Dissent Research Network' and ‘Nottingham Histories of Work’. Please see further details about the History Research Networks for your information.
The Department of History has over 40 part-time and full-time students currently registered for PhD degrees, making for an energetic and supportive community of postgraduate researchers. The breadth of their interests and the wide range of possible subjects for research is evident in the list of current and past doctoral projects undertaken here.
Doctoral students are fully integrated in the Department of History’s research community. They are encouraged to attend and present papers at regular department research seminars, which feature distinguished visiting speakers as well as papers by our own academic staff and postgraduates. At these seminars PhD students have the opportunity to share their findings with a sympathetic and supportive audience of staff and fellow students and receive constructive feedback on their progress.
Many research postgraduates present papers at conferences in Britain and across the world, and are given appropriate support from academics to enable them to do so (including opportunities for formal training in the Graduate School on making presentations and public speaking). In Nottingham itself PhD students in History regularly organise their own conferences.
PhD students are integrated into the academic life of the department and the School of Humanities', participating in the regular Postgraduate Learning Community Forum that offers communications and feedback between academics and students.
A wide range of resources for historical research in the University and the region
The University and the region boast a rich range of resources for historical research. The University's own Hallward Library and its separate Manuscripts and Special Collections section hold important collections of private papers as well as a wide range of published primary sources, many of which are rarely found in UK libraries. In recent years, the University and the Department of History have also directed substantial investment into building up an impressive stock of primary materials for historical research on microfilm, microform and electronic media.
Attention to the personal and professional development of PhD students
The Department of History is highly committed to promoting the personal and professional development of its postgraduate research students, and offers extensive opportunities for research and skills training, both in-house and via the University's Graduate School. Many of our recent postgraduate students have taken up academic posts.