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. The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2006 classed 70–80 per cent of our research as either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘internationally recognised’, with 10 –15 per cent classed as ‘world leading’.
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. 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. Our MA programmes in History, the History of the Americas, and British History are unique in the UK.
For 2013 entry we have AHRC funding for one PhD studentship. This award will cover UK/EU tuition fees and provide an annual stipend. Applications are also open for the ESRC’s Doctoral Training Centre awards in Economic and Social History see our website for more details.
Students of history at Newcastle benefit from unparalleled regional resources, including the Great North Museum, Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory and Gertrude Bell archives.
Postgraduate study facilities are currently undergoing a major upgrade and investment in the Armstrong Building. Postgraduates have access to workstations, dedicated teaching space, financial support for conferences and trips, and a specialist library that complements the award-winning University Library.
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. 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; and social events.