History PhD / MPhil

Research in History is characterised by its breadth and diversity. The interests of our staff and PhD students span the medieval, early modern and modern periods, encompassing political, social, cultural, economic, military and diplomatic history, and ranging geographically across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Why study with us?

My doctoral research has been completed with the unwavering support, guidance and encouragement of my supervisors. In the History department, I feel part of an academic community where colleagues are keen to hear about my progress and offer helpful advice.

Sophie Jones - History PhD student
  • Top 3

    ranking as one of the top three history departments in the United Kingdom REF (2008).

  • 70%

    of research activity deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF (2014).

  • 500

    students make up our lively academic community.

Overview

We pride ourselves on both our international reputation for research and our innovative and student-centred teaching. Our PhD students play a central role in our research culture. We offer a stimulating and friendly environment in which to engage in the study of the past.

Research in History is characterised by its breadth and diversity. The interests of our staff and PhD students span the medieval, early modern and modern periods, encompassing political, social, cultural, economic, military and diplomatic history, and ranging geographically across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. There are active seminar programmes linked to our research centres. These provide an opportunity for staff and postgraduates to present their work and engage with current research by visiting speakers from universities in Britain and further afield.

Facilities

The University of Liverpool has excellent research facilities within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. For postgraduate researchers, these include designated shared office space and access to a vast repository of sociolinguistic journals (including e-journal), through the Sydney Jones Library.

As a postgraduate researcher at the University of Liverpool, you will become part of the Liverpool Doctoral College. The LDC supports all postgraduate researchers across the University to thrive in their doctoral programme with our dedicated team of esteemed supervisors, professional services staff, and student peers, ensuring that our students succeed in their studies.

Study options and fees


MPhil / PhD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

We welcome applications from within the EU and around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

Additional requirements

Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications. PhD students are allowed to progress into their next year of study if the assessed work at the time of the Annual Progress Report is at appropriate PhD level. Students registered for an MPhil also have to satisfactorily complete an Annual Progress Report.

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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