History (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

Statue of Oliver Cromwell

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

We offer a wealth of opportunities to develop your knowledge and facilitate your research. Cheltenham is host to a number of events of interest to historians including The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts leading academic and popular historian speakers.

We have an established research reputation, being recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Research Areas

We have particular research strengths in: areas of British history, including early modern 18th century, Victorian and 20th century; American history; Russian/Soviet history; and local history. We also have research interests in gender and women’s history; early modern spirituality and religious history; intellectual history and the history of ideas; black America; history and music; Cold War studies; and transatlantic cultural exchange.

Our lively research environment includes access to open lecture programmes and seminars across the university, and we will expect you to contribute to the research culture and experience. We encourage attendance at relevant conferences, as well as the giving of papers towards the latter stages of your study. You will be well supported by your supervisory team and can expect regular individual tutorials with supervisors, combined with peer group seminars and discussions.

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university, and our system of using a supervisory team as opposed to an individual supervisor makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

This research contributes to the subject community Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.

Applications for interdisciplinary research degrees in British studies, gender/women’s studies, aspects of American studies, Victorian studies, and in other areas are welcome.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent (currently on website – No IELTS information on this course)


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Dr. Paul Vare

Staff Profile

Dr. Paul Vare

Postgraduate Research Lead - School of Education

"Starting as a teacher in UK and Tanzania I soon switched to community-based environmental education, firstly in Leicester and then Mount Elgon, Uganda. My career has focused on international education and sustainability projects working for charities but with communities, large corporations and governments including the UN. I joined here in 2013 to follow my interest in teaching and research."


Black History month lecture

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and across the university.

Lady discussing and people listening
We have links to prestigious festivals such as The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and enjoy extensive regional study materials, including the library of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in the university’s archival collection.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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