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PhD at the Institute of Historical Research

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Application Deadlines

31 July 2024 for September 2024 entry. 30 November 2024 for January 2025 entry.


September 2024

January 2025

Programme Duration

3-4 years (full-time); 5-6 years (part-time)

Academic Direction
Institute of Historical Research
Modes of Study
On campus in London

Undertake doctoral research in the history of the world from the fourth to the 21st century with supervision from the Institute of Historical Research. Prepare for specialist career paths both within academia and beyond.

Key features

  1. Gain access to unparalleled resources

    Access the world-renowned Wohl library, with over 200,000 history books and periodicals, and the Institute’s digital and online resources. Take advantage of free access to the University of London’s Senate House Library with over a million books, and other unique collections such as the Warburg Institute Library.

  2. Specialist training

    Attend a wide range of history seminars and specialist research training programmes. There are opportunities to work alongside the established research centres in History – the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community and the History & Policy Unit.

  3. Join a unique scholarly community

    Benefit from a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. Learn from leading specialists in your field; hone your research skills in our highly regarded training programmes; expand your knowledge through an extensive calendar of events, conferences and seminars and become part of a worldwide network of humanities scholars.

  4. Fit your studies around your life

    Enjoy flexibility in terms of where and how you study. Supervision is available on campus or online, so you can research from home in your own time; and as the PhD can be completed part-time in up to six years, there's no need to put your life on hold.

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Start dates

  • September 2024 - application deadline closes