History at Queen's University Belfast is the largest group of historians at any university on the island of Ireland. It is a dynamic research area, with strengths in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern periods, across a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, Britain, Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. We specialise in oral history, gender and women’s history, urban history, public history, religious history political history, and the history of race.
As a History PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast, you will engage in original research in a historical subject of your choice, supervised by our internationally recognised scholars. With Queen’s being part of the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium(with Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teeside and Ulster Universities), there are opportunities for co-supervised doctoral work with staff at these institutions.
Queen’s is one of the premier research centres globally for the study of Irish history and boasts a large and active team of researchers in this field, with interests ranging from the middle ages to the twentieth century. We have particular strengths in the history of Irish religion, politics, gender, social history, and Ireland's and Ulster’s relationships with Britain and the wider world.
The dynamic Centre for Public History involves historians with a variety of geographical and chronological interests. A number of current history PhD candidates are engaged in public history related projects, which involve internships and collaborations with bodies such as the BBC, Belfast City Council, Historic Royal Palaces and National Museums NI.
Other areas of particular research expertise include oral history, 20th-century British social, cultural, political and imperial history, history of the U.S. South, gender history and religious history. There are also specialists in the history of Ancient Rome, Medieval England and Europe, Early Modern Britain and Europe, twentieth-century Europe, modern China, India, and South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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- The University's Special Collections also hold important archival and printed primary materials, especially for the history of Ireland, Great Britain and the British Empire, and China.
- Significant deposits of modern American, Soviet and British military archival materials have recently been acquired.
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- 36 months
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DisciplinesHistory Ancient History Modern History View 24 other PhDs in Modern History in United Kingdom
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- The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.
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International18000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18000 GBP per year during 36 months.
National4596 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 36 months.
- Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,596
- Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,596
- England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £4,596
- EU Other - £18,000
- International - £18,000
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