Our historians have a high research profile with a reputation for producing dynamic and innovative work.
For course content, entry requirements, fees, and how to apply see our course descriptions on the Postgraduate website:
While there is no formal closing date for applicants, if you're intending to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding you should contact us by 1 March each year. Wherever possible applicants are interviewed.
Finding a supervisor
Before applying for one of our research degrees, you should find a potential supervisor from our staff who specialises in the area of research you're interested in.
Our research students are all supervised by at least two members of staff. Some students work on interdisciplinary projects and can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, eg archaeology, classics and ancient history and fine art.
Key research facilities and events
Our postgraduate students have access to excellent research facilities, including museums and libraries that hold a number of special collections. We also run a series of research seminars in conjunction with other subjects within the School.
History collectionsHistory collections
Newcastle University Library contains a number of important manuscript collections, including materials relating to 19th and 20th-century British political history. These include the Trevelyan, Runciman and Gertrude Bell collections.
You'll also have access to the Pybus Collection (a rich collection of historical medical works from the 16th century onwards, engravings, letters, portraits and busts) and the Medical Collection (18th-19th century medical books and pamphlets).
The library also houses a large quantity of microform resources for British, European and American history.
For British history they include:
- Crown Servants - papers of Thomas Wentworth 1st Earl of Strafford (26 reels)
- Earl of Strafford's letters and dispatches (two reels)
- The Times; Women's Suffrage Collection from the Manchester Central Library (30 reels)
- British War Cabinet Minutes
- Popular Newspapers in the Second World War (83 reels)
- Mass Observation 1939-45 (microfiche)
For European history they include:
- Akten der Principalkommission des Immerwahrenden Reichstages zu Regensburg 1663-1806 (microfiche)
- Russian Revolutionary Literature collection (47 reels)
- Russian Archives - intercepted letters of the Russian revolutionaries 1883-1917 (175 reels)
- Conditions and Politics in occupied Western Europe 1940-45 (183 reels)
For American history they include:
- Abolition and Emancipation (microfiche)
- Slavery prior to 1850 (microfiche)
- Papers of Frederick Douglass (34 reels)
- Civil Rights during the Kennedy Administration 1961-63 (47 reels)
- Stetson Kennedy collection on civil rights (four reels)
- Crisis: a record of the darker races 1910-75 (seven reels)
- Colored American Magazine 1900-1909 (three reels)
- East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917 (eight reels)
- Liberation 1956-71 (seven reels)
- New South 1946-70 (five reels)
- Negro Labor Committee Record Group (17 reels)
- History of the United States Civil War microfiche collection
- Civil War and the Confederacy: some business records; Civil War journals 1862-65
You will also have access to Durham University Library.
The county archives for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham are also rich and within easy reach.
If you have any queries feel free to contact us for an informal discussion, and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
For History of Medicine, contact Dr Thomas Rütten.
For History, contact Jeremy Boulton.
If you have any general enquiries queries, contact:
Postgraduate Support Officer
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966