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PHD History

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Year of Entry 2022/23
PHD

History

Full-time History

Explore your chosen topic of research during a period of intensive, supervised study and make an original contribution to historical knowledge.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £4,596 per year
International/EU: £14,895 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? October 2022
February 2023
May 2023

Course summary

  • Complete an original doctoral research project on a PhD programme
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become an independent and effective researcher
  • Study as part of the History Group in the exciting, interdisciplinary research environment of the Humanities Research Centre

Develop and implement a programme of research with experienced supervisors specialising in the period from the late eighteenth century to the present including topics in imperial and global history, women's and gender history, European history, popular culture, and politics in Britain.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. As an example, Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 Impact Case Studies for History showcased work on Germany’s black diaspora and on feminism, anti-slavery, and dissent.  

You'll work with a supervisory team that includes a Director of Studies and one or more additional supervisors with expertise and interest in your research area. Your supervisors help you to define and plan your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction while supporting you to develop as an independent researcher. 

The learning experience includes:

  • independent study
  • project supervision by active researchers in your chosen area
  • access to excellent facilities and learning resources
  • lively debate and discussion with your peers
  • researcher development training events
  • presenting your research at conferences and seminars
  • writing and defending a PhD thesis

You'll receive training on professional standards in research practice, including ethics and project management, and how to enhance your personal effectiveness as a researcher.  Explore how to disseminate your research and establish an academic profile. You'll present at the Culture & Creativity Research Institute (CCRI) interdisciplinary conferences on the themes of research METHOD and research IMPACT, which provide a platform for focussed discussion on research process and practice and questions of application, audience, and impact. 

Your learning is supported by access to:

  • a dedicated Postgraduate Research Tutor for Humanities and PGR administration team
  • a library research support team and 24-hour access to library facilities
  • SHU Academic Skills Centre with sessions specifically for doctoral researchers
  • the University English Scheme for international students
  • a programme of support for doctoral student wellbeing

Course leaders and tutors

Niels Petersson
Niels Petersson
Professor of History

Niels's teaching at Sheffield Hallam focuses on imperial history, globalisation, international history, and research training

Applied learning

Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to interact with academics and specialists in your field. Funds are available for you to present your work in professional academic settings at international and national conferences and we will encourage you to submit papers and seek opportunities to publish and engage different audiences with your research. All our doctoral students make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University from the earliest stages of their research.

The Humanities Research Centre hosts a stimulating seminar series featuring established academics and practitioners in the field.

SHU doctoral students are supported to enter the national ‘3-minute thesis’ competition.


Future careers

A research degree is an essential qualification for academic careers such as teaching history in higher education. The rigorous analytical thinking necessary for research degrees is attractive to employers. You'll have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which are applicable in related areas such as museums, archives, libraries, university administration, the media, and beyond.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

You'll have access to excellent facilities and learning resources as well as a dedicated postdoctoral office space which promotes vibrant discussion and collaboration.

You'll be able to work with a wide range of data bases and other electronic resources available through our library.

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.


Entry requirements

All students

All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same).

All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.

You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Before submitting your proposal, please contact the member(s) of staff listed against the relevant research theme.

Applicants are required to give a short 10–15 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members will include the head of research degrees for the relevant research area or centre, a local postgraduate research tutor and a prospective director of studies.

Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £4,596 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 per year.

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Doctoral student loans

Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for History courses (PDF, 205.1KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

How do I apply?

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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