Newcastle is an intellectually exciting place to study history. It is the capital of a historically important region where local and regional history overlap very significantly with national, European and international history.

We have a stimulating environment that brings together a range of social, economic, political and cultural historians with archaeologists and classicists. The history of medicine is a particular specialism of ours and we are part of the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine.


Students of history at Newcastle benefit from unparalleled regional resources, including:
• the Great North Museum
• Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory
• Gertrude Bell archives

Postgraduates have access to:
• workstations
• dedicated teaching space
• financial support for conferences and trips
• a specialist library that complements the award-winning University Library

Postgraduate study facilities are currently undergoing a major upgrade along with investment in the Armstrong Building where you will be based.

Your Study Experience

We believe that postgraduates are at the heart of the academic and social life of any university and have over 70 full- and part- time postgraduate history students.

Our MA programmes in History, and British History (see degree list below)  are unique in the UK.

MPhil/PhD Study

Supervision for research degrees is available for most periods of history and in most geographical regions, with opportunities for joint supervision with Latin American researchers in the School of Modern Languages.

We were successful in securing AHRC funding for a PhD studentship for entry in 2013 and 2014. The award covered UK/EU tuition fees and provided an annual stipend.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

Specific postgraduate events include:
• an annual Postgraduate Conference
• research seminars with leading UK and international academics
• the Pybus seminar series on the history of medicine
• social events

The Postgraduate Forum, run by and for students, enables you to develop your research skills in a supportive environment. The Forum publishes postgraduate work, compiles useful research links and posts information about forthcoming external conferences where you can present your work and network with students and academics from other universities.


Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: