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 2016 competition for fully-funded studentships will open in December 2015.


British, Commonwealth, Latin American, Political, Metropolitan, Historical geography, Cultural and intellectual history

 Art History

Medieval to early modern art, and Surrealism


Gender and sexuality, and Cultural studies.


Gender and sexuality, Cultural studies (French and Francophone, Spanish and Latin American, German and Italian cultural studies, Cultural memory, and Film.)


International economic law (IMF & WTO) and law and EU reform.


Refugee and development studies.


Cultural, social, religious and economic history of the Roman world, Ancient Greek and Latin texts, and Papyrology


Colonial history and geography. 


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.”



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



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We offer research degrees in Commonweath, English, History, Law, and Germanic and Romance Studies.



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We offer a range of engaging short courses in palaeography, literature, book studies and protection of refugees.