Masters by Research or PhD History (Postgraduate)

Statue of Oliver Cromwell

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Extend your knowledge in a selected area at MA (MRes) level. In the case of a PhD, make an original contribution to knowledge through an individual piece of research. Make the most of History research strengths in British History, including: early modern, 18th century (social protest), local history, and Victorian and 20th century. There are also specialisms in American history, Russian/Soviet history as well as gender and women's history, early modern spirituality and religious history, intellectual history and the history of ideas, heritage and historical geography.

Join a lively research environment including access to open lecture programmes and seminars across the university. Attend relevant conferences, with the giving of papers towards the later stages of your study.

There are opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university. Our system of using a supervisory team as opposed to an individual supervisor makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.Applications for interdisciplinary research degrees in British studies, women's studies, aspects of American studies, and other areas, are welcome.

Entry requirements

  • All research students who have not completed a recent and relevant Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Rob Griffiths - English Lecturer

Staff Profile

Dr. Robin Griffiths

Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Liberal and Performing Arts

"Robin’s research over the past twenty years has been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is primarily concerned with queer debates around national identity, spectatorship and representation."


Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Benefit from a high level of support from your supervisory team

Access support through regular individual tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions.

Make the most of the department’s extensive regional study materials

This includes the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society library which is part of the university's archival collections.

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