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MPhil/PhD History

Embark on an intensive, supervised piece of investigative work and build your own original area of expertise. You choose from a wide range of research topics supported by a supervisory team and write an extended 80,000 word thesis. Your studies are supported by PhD seminars and training events, part of our vibrant humanities research culture.

Course length 3-7 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

A research degree in your chosen history subject is a period of intensive, supervised investigative work. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise.

You work closely with a director of studies and a supervisor who are specialists in your chosen field to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words in the case of doctoral research.

We have a vibrant research culture and we value and support all our research students who make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University. There are regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

We are regularly advertising studentships funded by Sheffield Hallam University directly or through the North of England Consortium for the Arts and Humanities. It may also be possible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships. Some part-time teaching may also be available.

We are a group of 18 historians specialising in the period from the late eighteenth century to the present. We have research clusters in:
• imperial and global history
• economic and business history
• women’s and gender history
• European history
• popular culture and politics in Britain

Current staff research interests are wide-ranging and include • Africans in Europe/Black European history • modern Armenia • Britain and the Great War • the history of Czechoslovakia • colonialism and anti-colonialism in India • economic crises and disasters • European colonialism and imperialism • feminism and empire • German history in the twentieth century • globalisation • industrial and natural disasters • labour history • local and community history • migration • military and naval history • nineteenth-century radicalism and popular politics • rural history • Stalinism • US history.

Please see the Humanities staff pages for a list of staff and their current research.

This degree is hosted in the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

To apply for a MPhil or PhD (subject to confirmation) we normally expect you to have

• a masters degree in history or another appropriate discipline, plus

• a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Direct PhD registration may be permitted if you hold a masters degree, or an overseas masters degree of equivalent standard, which
• is postgraduate according to the UK Quality Assurance Agency’s National Qualifications Framework
• included training in research and a research-based project report/dissertation or equivalent

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 7.0 score with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full-time – at least 35 hours a week on average over three years

Part-time – at least 12 hours a week on average for up to seven years

There is a split mode available for international students who want to study in their own country.

Various start dates

Typical modules may include

Course design

Your study depends on your chosen area of research but includes a compulsory research methods module for students without prior research qualifications at postgraduate level.

  • research programme submitted for approval by our research degrees committee
  • report and oral presentation for the confirmation of PhD stage
  • submission of thesis and viva


Following your research degree, you can go on to teach history in further and higher education. You can also find careers in other related areas such as • museums • work as an archivist • a career in libraries • university administration • the media.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £4,195 a year
Part-time – typically £2,098 a year

Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,400 a year

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 information

How to apply

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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

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