Research degrees

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 LAHP will fund and train up to 400 research students in the three partner institutions over the next seven years.

MPhil/PhD in History and Art History
In areas including political history and Medieval to early modern art.

MPhil/PhD in English Studies
In areas including Anglo-American modernism and the history of the book.

MPhil/PhD in Modern Languages
In areas including gender and sexuality and cultural studies.

MPhil/PhD in Latin American Studies
In areas including Colonial history and geography. 

MPhil/PhD in Law
In areas including international economic law (IMF & WTO) and law and EU reform.

MPhil/PhD in Commonwealth Studies
In areas including human rights and refugees.

MPhil/PhD in Classics
In areas including the cultural, social, religious and economic history of the Roman world.


Dhan Zunino Singh (Argentina)
PhD topic: The history of the Buenos Aires underground railways (c.1880-1940)

"I found the Institute of Historical Research a perfect place to study. It has a centre devoted to the history of the metropolis and it is very well networked with archives, libraries, and museums which are useful for my research. The courses on offer aim at developing research skills such as methods and theories, the use of software and databases, and they are crucially oriented at linking the students with the archives. The work that I have been able to carry out in libraries and archives is one of the most fascinating experiences that I have had in the UK. The excellent sources and resources managed by them, the practical organisation of their collections, and the comfort for working they offer, have been crucial in the development of my studies.”



Three graduates wearing robes and mortarboards on graduation day

We offer Master's degrees in culture, language and literature, history, human rights and law.