Research degrees

History at Leicester offers opportunities for doctoral research in a wide range of subjects.

Apply for a PhD or MPhil in History

Minimum and maximum periods of registration

  • PhD full-time: Minimum 2 years*, Maximum 4 years
  • PhD part-time: Minimum 3 years*, Maximum 6 years
  • MPhil full-time: Minimum 1 year, Maximum 2 years
  • MPhil part-time: Minimum 2 years, Maximum 4 years

*This excludes the one year writing up period.

Supervision

All research students are allocated a primary and secondary supervisor, who you meet regularly and receive expert supervision from on an individual basis or through joint supervision. Supervisors will provide guidance on the planning of your research programme, using literature and sources and requisite techniques. They will also help you plan, define goals and monitor the progress of your research.

Research students on PhD, MD, PsyD, or MPhil programmes must complete an initial probation period at the start of their research degree. Before the end of your probation period you will be required to complete a probation review; this will be after nine months (for full-time students) or 18 months (for part-time students). This usually lasts for around an hour, and allows the examiners (your supervisor/s and another member of staff) to assess your progress and advise you on the future direction of your research.

Research training

All research students in the School complete a training needs analysis at the start of each academic year and a programme of research training is drawn up in consultation with your supervisor. All students are encouraged to attend the Research Student Generic Skills Training Programme run by the College of Social Science Arts and Humanities who provide comprehensive research training for all students in the College. 

The Doctoral College provides an introduction to research at the University in the first week of the autumn term, and also provides training courses and practical workshops for postgraduate students during the year.

Funding and scholarships

PhD projects

History on the Box

Our PhD Students are both experts in their fields and involved in public debates about history. History on the Box is a blog where they review historical television programmes.

International students

We welcome applications from students of all nationalities. Our postgraduate community includes researchers from all over the world, including Brazil, China, France, Germany Italy, Iraq, Kuwait and the United States. We have extensive research expertise in European, American, Global and Colonial History.

There are a number of current funding opportunities for international students wishing to study at Leicester.