Undertaking doctoral research allows you to develop in-depth knowledge, while making a meaningful contribution to your chosen field.
With guidance from our expert supervisors, you'll carry out extensive independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words. The Institute has a broad remit to cover the history of the world from the fourth to the twenty-first century, but has particular strengths in British and European history.
You can study on-campus or online.
Opportunities and Facilities
The Institute of Historical Research is based in Bloomsbury, located within the University of London’s Senate House, and in easy walking distance of the British Library. Students have access to the world-renowned IHR library with over 180,000 history books and periodicals, the digital and online resources within the institute as well as free access to the University of London’s Senate House Library with over a million books. Also available are other unique collections such as the Institute of Classical Studies Library and the Warburg Institute Library.
Students at the Institute are welcomed to the wide range of history seminars and specialist research training progra
mmes, as well as benefitting from the Institute’s network of Senior, Honorary, Research and Associate fellows. There are also opportunities to work alongside the established research centres in History – the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History.
The Institute is at the centre of academic history, and has partnerships with numerous nationally and internationally renowned library and art collections, as well as links with the cultural and heritage sector, professional bodies, Guilds and Livery Companies, Archives, the City of London and higher education institutions in the UK and internationally.
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The Institute of Historical Research offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:
- Religious and cultural history
- Political history
- Economic and social history 1300-1500
- Imperial history
- History of Victorian Britain
- Urban and metropolitan history (especially London) history, including comparative approaches across Europe and elsewhere
- Royal and Diplomatic history since 1900
- Local and regional history, primarily concerning England and including the impact of towns
- The experience and impact of empire
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- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesHistory Ancient History Modern History View 19 other Masters in Modern History in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Before submitting an application you are advised to contact a member of the Warburg academic staff who has interests in your proposed field of study to discuss your proposal.
- Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application.
- Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, and that you feel you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the relevant Research Degrees Committee for approval.
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International15500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15500 GBP per year during 36 months.
National6130 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6130 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK - £3600
- EU/International - £9,300
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Find out more about our range of funding opportunities: https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.