48 months
16230 GBP/year
5360 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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We offer supervision for our PhD in History at University of Essex  in a range of topics from the period c.1500 to the present day, with particular focus on themes linked to our three research clusters and our Centre for Public History.

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Our research clusters cover several themes: race, gender and identity; political cultures, class and citizenship; and war, conflict and memory. We have particular expertise in the following geographical areas: Britain (including local and regional history), Europe, the United States, Latin America, Russia, Southern Africa and East Asia.

Features  of the PhD in History at University of Essex

We take pride in providing excellent research training and careful supervision in a friendly atmosphere, with good staff-student relationships.

We have strong links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide and many of our graduates have gone on to teach in higher education institutions. Others have gone on to have careers in archives, museums and heritage organisations, teaching, education and academia, marketing, communications and public relations, and the Civil Service, among many other areas.

Programme Structure

Example structure

  • A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge.
  •  A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a Masters degree, or equivalent, in history or a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.
  • You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16230 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16230 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5360 GBP per year during 48 months.


  • Home/UK fee: £2,680
  • International fee: £8,115

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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