MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time
Fees per academic year 2014-15
Many of the research opportunities in history are interdisciplinary and are available for most periods of history and in most geographical regions. MPhil/PhD supervision is normally available in the following subject areas:
Classical, medieval and early modern medicine
Reception(s) of Hippocratic medicine and Hippocratic Oath; history of medical ethics; history and iconography of melancholy and psychopathology; medical history/historiography as an academic discipline; genres of medical writing; interface between medicine and literature, Thomas Mann and medicine; medicine and philosophy; medicine and law (Dr T Rütten).
Death and burial
The history of poverty and poor relief in pre-industrial England (Professor J Boulton).
Gender, women’s history and the history of sexuality
Britain (Dr H Berry); the modern Atlantic world (Dr D Paton); Greece (Dr V Hionidou).
The history of nutrition, famine and mortality; the history of fertility, birth control and contraception (Dr V Hionidou).
History of ideas
Revolutionary ideology in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and France (Dr R Hammersley); European historiography (Dr L Racaut).
History of psychiatry
Mental health and the ‘asylum’; forensic psychiatry, criminal lunacy and crime; the history of the body; early modern social and cultural history of health; history of hospitals; history of sexuality; domestic/household medicine; travel and medicine (Dr J Andrews).
Early medieval Britain and Europe (Dr S Ashley, Ms E Redgate).
National identity, inter-ethnic relations and border issues
Japan (Dr M Dusinberre); North America (Dr B Houston); Russia and Ukraine (Professor D Saunders); Mexico and Cuba (Dr K Brewster); the Caribbean (Dr D Paton); Spain (Dr A Quiroga); Ireland (Dr S Ashley, Dr F Campbell); the Irish in Britain (Dr J Allen).
Politics, international relations and the impact of war
Modern British politics (Dr J Allen, Dr M Farr, Dr F Campbell); European fascism and the Nazi new order (Professor T Kirk); twentieth-century France (Dr M Perry); twentieth-century Italy (Dr C Baldoli); transwar Japan (Dr M Dusinberre); American Civil War and the United States in the nineteenth century (Professor S M Grant); the United States in the twentieth century (Dr B Houston).
Urban history and urban culture
History of the press in early modern France (Dr L Racaut); nineteenth-century Newcastle and the North East (Dr J Allen); eighteenth-century urban cultures in Britain (Dr H Berry); seventeenth-century London (Professor J Boulton); urban culture in the Habsburg Empire (Professor T Kirk).
For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.
There are also opportunities for joint supervision with Latin American researchers in the School of Modern Languages.
Our postgraduates enjoy a research environment in which ambitious and original ideas can flourish and they take part in the School’s research seminar series, lunchtime Postgraduate Forum seminars, and annual postgraduate conference which is organised by postgraduate students. The Postgraduate Forum also runs its own peer-reviewed e-journal. In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.
An upper-second-class Honours degree or an international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. PhD applicants should have a related Master's degree, or an international equivalent.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), or equivalent.
Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology School Research Studentships.
Postgraduate research students receive their own research allowance annually and additional help towards skills enhancement training, participating at conferences, and paid undergraduate teaching experience (where available and qualified) as part of their career development.More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.
Visit our postgraduate application site.
In the first instance, we recommend that you contact the historian whose research interests are related to your chosen topic. You can then arrange a meeting to discuss the supervision of your research degree.
Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Wherever possible you are invited to interview to discuss your plans and to meet the supervisory team. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
There are two possible start dates for your research degree:
However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.
Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.
For further information please contact:
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966
This programme is within the subject area of History.