Postgraduate research courses in History

The School of History offers the following research degrees:

PhD (Doctorate), normally of three years duration leading to a thesis of no more than 80,000 words and an oral examination.

MSt (Res), a one-year research-based Masters degree. You will engage in a full-time research project and write a dissertation of no more than 30,000 words. It is an excellent opportunity to spend a shorter time in a research environment either for a standalone degree or as preparation for a PhD.


The School of History is home to a diverse, international group of teachers and researchers, and actively supports the research, teaching and career development of all its members. We support family-friendly working practice and flexible working arrangements. 

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on the following diversity awards:

  • ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters
  • Carer Positive
  • LGBT Charter
  • Stonewall 

The School of History also has a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. As part of its policy, the School actively promotes the fair treatment of all staff and students irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity or relationship status. The School of History holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and encourages applications from highly motivated candidates of any self-identifying group.

 Advice on writing a Phd application (PDF)