As an MPhil or PhD in History student you'll join a research environment in which ambitious and original ideas can flourish.
Many of the research opportunities in history are interdisciplinary. They're available for most periods of history and in most geographical regions.
Supervision is normally available in the following subject areas:
- North America (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker)
- Russia and Eastern Europe (Professor S Ghervas, Dr R Dale)
- Central Europe (Professor T Kirk, Professor D Siemens)
- Latin America (Dr K Brewster)
- Spain and Portugal (Dr A Quiroga)
- Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dr S Ashley, Dr F Campbell, Dr S Campbell)
- twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
- modern China (Dr J Lawson)
- English Civil War and French Revolutionary Wars (Dr R Hammersley)
- genders, sexuality, family and marriage in eighteenth-century Britain (Professor H Berry)
- fertility, birth control and contraception in Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
- history of imperialism and gender in modern Asia (Dr S Sehrawat)
- gender, especially masculinity, in the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
- masculinities in early modern Britain; gender in reformation Europe (Dr A Morton)
- gender and sexuality in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (Dr J Andrews)
- history of modern China (Dr J Lawson)
- history of medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
- history of South Asia; history of colonial India (Dr S Sehrawat)
- history of the twentieth-century Islamic world, especially Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
- history of the medieval Islamic world (Dr N Clarke)
- world history, comparative perspectives across medieval Eurasia, Africa and the Americas (Dr S Ashley)
- race relations in the United States (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Baker, Dr B Houston)
- British imperial history, especially with regard to landed elites and technological transfer (Dr A Tindley)
- classical, early modern and modern medicine, history of medical history as a discipline and medical humanities (Dr T Rütten)
- history of death and sepulchral rites in Germany (Dr F Schulz)
- early modern Britain (Professor J Boulton)
- mental illness, psychiatry and asylums in early modern and Victorian Britain; social and cultural history of diseases and death; narrative, literature and medicine socio-cultural history of and death/mortality (Dr J Andrews)
- health, welfare and poverty in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain (Professor J Boulton, Professor H Berry)
- mental health, psychiatry, asylums and deinstitutionalisation in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
- history of the body; colonial medicine, military medicine and hospitals in India (Dr S Sehrawat)
- military medicine in Soviet Russia (Dr R Dale)
- famines, historical demography, public health, abortion, hospitals, popular medicine, medicine in modern Greece (Dr V Hionidou)
- healthcare and healthcare politics in modern Britain (Professor G Smith, Dr V Long)
- history of bodies; history of sexualities and gender; history of venereal disease; public health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; medical ethics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Dr L Sauerteig)
- early modern political thought and religious beliefs (Dr R Hammersley)
- European historiography (Dr L Racaut)
- Anti-Catholicism in England, 1500-1800 (Dr A Morton)
- religion and identity, conversion to Christianity between 400-1100AD (Ms AE Redgate)
- Islamist ideology (Dr W Berridge)
- Buddhism in medieval Japan (Dr P Garrett)
- medieval Islamic intellectuals and modern interpretations of the medieval Islamic past (Dr N Clarke)
- fascist ideology (Dr A Quiroga)
- religion and psychiatric/medical care (Dr J Andrews)
- peace and peace-making in modern Europe (Professor S Ghervas)
- twentieth-century French and British social and labour history; unemployment; social movements and protest (Dr M Perry)
- labour and business history in the cotton industry (Dr B Baker)
- work, health and disability in modern Britain (Dr V Long)
- the civil rights movement in the United States (Dr B Houston)
- civil protest and revolution in Egypt and Sudan (Dr W Berridge)
- labour in modern China (Dr J Lawson)
- oral history of health and primary care, family and community, ethnicity and migration, public history and memory in twentieth-century Britain (Professor G Smith)
- social memory and oral history (Dr M Perry, Dr S Campbell)
- oral history of famines, families, birth control, migration, ethnic Greeks from former Soviet Union, memory of famines (Dr V Hionidou)
- oral history in twentieth-century US history, public history (Dr B Houston)
- Scottish environmental history and land management (Dr A Tindley)
- history of the Vikings (Dr S Ashley)
- Anglo-Saxon England (Ms A E Redgate, Dr S Ashley)
- modern British politics (Dr M Farr, Dr F Campbell)
- Anglo-Irish relations (Dr S Campbell)
- modern Central European politics (Professor D Siemens, Professor Tim Kirk)
- twentieth-century France (Dr M Perry)
- history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth century (Professor SM Grant, Dr B Houston, Dr B. Baker)
- the politics of culture and sport (Dr K Brewster, Dr C Brewster)
- maritime history, Russia and East Europe (Professor S Ghervas)
- satire and laughter during the ‘long Reformation’ in Britain (Dr A Morton)
- history of the press in early modern France (Dr L Racaut)
- history of mass media and journalism (Professor D Siemens)
- eighteenth-century urban cultures in Britain (Professor H Berry)
- seventeenth-century London (Professor J Boulton)
- urban culture in the Habsburg Empire (Professor T Kirk)
- twentieth and twenty-first century Britain (Dr M Farr)
- urban reconstruction in Soviet Russia (R Dale)
- print and material culture in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain and France, history of the urban commons (Dr R Hammersley)
There are also opportunities for joint supervision with Latin American researchers in the School of Modern Languages.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MPhil is available in all subject areas. You receive research training and undertake original research leading to the completion of a 40,000 - 50,000 word thesis.
A PhD is a doctorate or doctoral award. It involves original research that should make a significant contribution to the knowledge of a specific subject. To complete the PhD you will produce a substantial piece of work (80,000 – 100,000 words) in the form of a supervised thesis. A PhD usually takes three years full time.
How you'll learn
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
We offer a wide range of projects for the thesis. These will be provided by our academics. You can also propose your own topic.
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- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
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- public engagement
- academic development
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your researcher development programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Doctoral training and partnerships
There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:
- Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:
- they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
- you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
- they’re often interdisciplinary
- your PhD may be funded
If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.
The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:
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- the Great North Museum: Hancock
- The Gertrude Bell Archive
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home fees for research degree students
For 2022-23 entry, we have aligned our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
For 2023-24 entry, we will again be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UKRI. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2023 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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