PhDs in Humanities

Humanities encompass academic disciplines that study human condition and the essence of what it means to be human in a fast changing world. Humanities are similar to liberal arts in many ways and the two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Many degree courses offered by humanities departments can also be listed as social sciences, because they deal with the study of human behaviour and society.

Bachelors and Masters in humanities cover a broad, interdisciplinary study of society and culture throughout history. Practitioners use methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative to study subjects belonging to languages, literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and others. Music studies also fit the field of humanities, as music is used to broaden capabilities of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.

Humanities degrees help students develop a broad understanding of cultural expression and improve their analytical and communication skills. Students can improve their understanding of society through satisfying their intellectual curiosity in subjects such as philosophy, art, history and literature with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) PhD History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning)
  • Jan 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA £ 4,121 per year
  • International £ 13,680 per year
  • National £ 4,121 per year
  • 36 months

The Department of History was ranked first in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We offer promising candidates the opportunity to study alongside academic staff working at the forefront of current research. Our academics cover a wide range of British, European and Worldwide history from around 500 to the present day, providing expert supervision in areas including medieval history, cultural and social history, politics, economics, religion, war studies, the history of the West Midlands, the history of sexuality and emotion, and the history of the environment.

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Medieval Studies PhD Medieval Studies
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program in Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) offers an entry into historical worlds not often conjoined. The major aims of the program are to encourage transdisciplinary medievalist research, open new perspectives and develop new approaches.

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Philosophy PhD Philosophy
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. The Philosophy degree is offered by Central European University (CEU).

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Comparative History PhD Comparative History
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The advantages of the Comparative History doctoral program at Central European University (CEU) are the classes and discussions among students specializing in different topics, different periods, and different geographical regions whereby new research questions can be formulated, even about one’s own national history.

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Double Degree PhD Double Degree
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

Our postgraduate students quite often consider their prospective carrier in favor of getting a PhD degree SPbPU offers a great deal of different PhD programs to proceed with. The Double Degree program is offered by Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU).

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Politics PhD Politics
  • Any time
  • National $ 2,020
  • International $ 2,020
  • Not specified

The Politics doctoral program at The New School is designed to provide maximum flexibility consistent with development of the highest level of competence in a chosen field of scholarly specialization. With limited course distribution requirements, faculty consultation is essential to prepare the for the PhD qualifying exams and dissertation writing.

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Comparative Literature Ph. D. Comparative Literature
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 3,200 per year
  • International € 3,200 per year
  • 48 months

Comparative Literature, a 4-year PhD programme in English for foreigners and Polish students is an innovative offer aimed at young humanists from around the world, who are interested in gaining a dual doctoral degree (from the Jagiellonian University and an American/European university) based on integrating the research on the most current trends of contemporary cultural studies with interests in Polish and Central European literature.

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Philosophy PhD Philosophy
  • Any time
  • National $ 2,020
  • International $ 2,020
  • Not specified

The New School for Social Research has always attracted renowned scholars from around the world, who foster an open atmosphere for exploration and inquiry through their teaching and research. The eminent philosophers who have helped create and sustain an intellectually vibrant philosophy department include Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas, Aron Gurwitsch, and Reiner Schόrmann. The Philosophy PhD program is offered at The New School.

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TESOL PhD TESOL
  • Any time
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • 36 months

The University of Nicosia offers the three year PhD TESOL programme.

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