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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (QS) Manchester, United Kingdom
The PhD is a three-year course of study (or six years of part-time study) in which the student prepares a thesis under the guidance of two supervisors with specialist expertise. The student's progress is monitored at regular meetings of the student's research panel.

About

The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. 

The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation that makes an original contribution to historical knowledge.

Career opportunities

Most of our PhD students aim at an academic career and we have an excellent record of helping them obtain teaching and/or research posts in UK and overseas universities. In recent years, our doctoral graduates have gone on to positions at many universities in the UK and overseas; they include Aberystwyth, Huddersfield, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, New York University, Nottingham, Ohio State University, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield Hallam, Simon Fraser University (British Colombia), the University of Virginia, Lazarki University Poland Ryokoko University, Japan, and University College London. 

At the same time, PhD students, if they make the most of the opportunities available to them, develop a portfolio of skills that made them highly desirable to other employers, from the civil service to think-tanks, from museums and archives to large business organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Coursework and assessment

  • At the end of this period, your panel is required to confirm that you have made satisfactory progress towards completion and may therefore proceed. 
  • Thereafter, progression through each year of the programme is dependent on your ability to produce evidence of continuing progression.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
  • English language
  • Other international entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • PhD (part-time): UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students.

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