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Research Degrees

We regard the supervision of postgraduate research for MPhil or PhD degrees as one of our most important activities.

Our seminars are led by History's own academics as well as eminent visiting speakers
Encouraging debate

Our Courses

We offer three research degrees: MRes, MPhil or PhD.

If you are considering research study in history or on an interdisciplinary basis, the outcome will be an MPhil or PhD. Typically, you can expect to spend up to four years studying for your PhD on a full-time basis, or up to seven years if you choose to study part time.

How to Apply

Postgraduate students can apply for courses using our online application form. Find out more about the process, deadlines, entry requirements and more on our postgraduate application pages.

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Postgraduate Research Degrees in History at Southampton

We provide training in research and related skills, offer regular and frequent meetings with supervisors and advisers, and aim to integrate our students fully into the life of the programme. Our students are strongly encouraged to participate in our research seminars, at which both eminent visiting speakers and our own staff and research students contribute to lively and informative discussions.

MPhil or PhD programmes can be studied part time or full time. Research students are initially registered for an MPhil, usually upgrading later to the higher research degree of PhD (although students can choose to submit a shorter thesis for the MPhil degree after the equivalent of two years' full-time study). PhD examination is by a major thesis, usually submitted after three years (or six years' part-time) research.

There is a large and vibrant postgraduate research community in History, with over 30 students currently registered. We have a successful record in attracting research funding to support research students. Ten of our full-time students currently hold Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research studentships, and a number are funded by other awards. The University offers annually an Archives Studentship to support research in the extensive Hartley Collections and Special Printed Collections, and additional funding is available for projects relating to local history. Students may also apply to the postgraduate research coordinator for sums to fund research trips, research training and conference attendance.

History's doctoral students have a record of finding academic and other posts of which we are proud, and we put great emphasis on offering an all-round preparation for a professional career. We can offer expert supervision in a broad range of research areas, including a number not normally found in British universities. Our particular areas of research strength are:

MPhil/PhD Research Coordinators: Professor Mark Cornwall and Professor Ian Talbot

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I started my PhD research on Thomas Cromwell in October 2009 and have enjoyed it immensely. There is something really rewarding about being given three years to research a topic you are fascinated by.

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