As the UK's national humanities research hub, we offer a unique scholarly community in which to pursue doctoral research.

Our research students can take advantage of a varied and challenging research training programme, with general research skills training and research methodologies courses provided through the School and subject-specific training provided within the institutes.

The School is a member of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), together with King's College London and UCL.

The School of Advanced Study now offers students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a research degree by distance learning. These students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our London-based PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our London-based PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way. For more information, please contact the institute offering the programme in which you are interested.


Art History

Medieval to early modern art, and Surrealism


Social, religious and economic history of the Roman world, ancient literacy and the ancient book, cultural identity in the ancient world, and digital classics


English and American literature and culture; gender and sexuality



British, Commonwealth, Latin American, political, metropolitan, historical geography, cultural and intellectual history

Human Rights 

Refugee and development studies

Modern Languages 

Gender and sexuality, cultural studies (French, Spanish, Latin American, German, Italian), cultural memory, and film

Latin American History, Geography and Anthropology

Violence and democracy in Latin America (history, geography and anthropology)


International economic law (IMF and WTO), as well as law and EU reform

Digital Humanities

Digital humanities, with a focus on classics, art history and history​