History Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

If you join our School you’ll be working within a vibrant postgraduate community. We specialise in the political, social and cultural history of Britain and Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. We have a strong record of securing research funds from the AHRC, Wellcome Trust, English Heritage, Leverhulme, Norwich HEART and others and welcome applications for MPhil degrees and PhDs.


We were ranked third for research intensity in the Times Higher Education REF 2014 subject rankings. Our research strengths include: British and European Medieval History; Early Modern History of Britain, Europe and the Atlantic World; Modern and Contemporary History of Europe (in particular France, Italy, Germany); Modern British, Imperial and International History; Modern Russian and Eastern European History; Landscape and Environmental History; Local and Regional History. 

If you are interested in applying for a research degree, please feel free to contact academic staff directly. Please see our information on contact details and research interests.

STUDENT RESEARCH - Recent student research topics include: Views of the Land in Colonial New England; Children’s Picture Books in the Soviet Union; Local Politics in Early Modern Norwich; Female Politicians in late 19th-Century Britain; Multiculturalism in United Germany; Football in Post-War Bosnia. 

You’ll be supervised by a team of at least two Faculty members. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515