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History Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The History Department at King’s, is one of the top 10 history departments in Europe, and 17th in the world (QS rankings 2016) and our aim is to provide outstanding training and supervision in most branches of medieval, early modern and modern history to prepare students for careers in the academy and outside it.

Overview

It has received the highest ratings for research in the RAE/REF since 1992. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. The Department of History is ranked 7th in the UK and 2nd in the Russell Group of universities according the framework's "power" metric, which takes into account both the quantity and quality of research activity.

The department has strength in all periods (from late antiquity to the present day). It is closely associated with inter-disciplinary research centres such as the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies and King’s Contemporary British History.’ In the overview, the first sentence should be reworded to read ‘is one of the top 10 history departments in Europe, and 17th in the world (QS rankings 2016).

You will be supervised by leading figures in your field, and participate in a lively and supportive historical research culture within the department (which has around 40 staff and 80 PhD students), and the wider London historical community, notably with our partners within the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, UCL and the School of Advanced Study (which includes the Institute for Historical Research). London also has quite outstanding library and archival resources for most historical specialisms, covering most of the world. We offer specialist supervision in many areas, including from the medieval to the modern periods, covering in each period, British and Irish, European, and Global and Imperial History, as well as the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      MPhil minimum two years FT, three years PT; PhD minimum three years FT, four-six years PT

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course study environment
  • All students are allocated two supervisors and are expected to meet with their primary supervisor (or both if jointly supervised) on a regular basis. Shared supervision across the partner institutions in LAHP is encouraged. Monthly supervision reports are filed for all full-time students and supervisors must submit progress reports every six months in consultation with the student. 
  • There will be a further review by two members of the department at the end of the student's first and third years. After 9-12 months the student will normally be upgraded from MPhil to PhD status with a transfer to 'writing up' status usually occurring after three years full-time study. Upon submission of the thesis, assessment is by means of an oral examination (viva).

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours degree and a Master of Arts with Distinction or Merit in a related subject.
  • In exceptional cases, particularly strong applicants who do not hold a Distinction or Merit in their Master's degree may be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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