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Postgraduate research

The department offers two research degrees: the MA by Research and PhD. Royal Holloway is noted for breadth of its research in history with over thirty academic staff members and over ninety doctoral students. Their interests range chronologically from ancient to contemporary times, geographically from Britain and Europe to America, the Middle and Far East, and South Asia, and thematically from political to economic, social, cultural, intellectual, medical, environmental, and gender history. Where there are significant clusters of interest, research centres have been created. These include the Centre for South Asian Studies, the Centre for the Body and Material Culture, the Centre for Minority Studies, the Hellenic Institute and the Holocaust Research Centre. These centres organise lectures, seminars and conferences. Along with the Departmental and Postgraduate Seminars, which meet in Egham and Central London respectively, they provide a forum for publicising and discussing on-going research.

Doctoral students benefit from subject-specific training offered by the department, such as Greek palaeography, Latin and Oral History, and from the Researcher Development Programme organised by the college. Financial assistance is provided to pursue language courses elsewhere in London and to help with attendance at conferences and travel to archives.

If you are interested in applying for the History PhD programme you should first consult the staff directory to see if any staff member works in your area. If so, you should contact them to discuss your topic and your application. Alternatively you could contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

The Department invites applications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards and the College Doctoral Awards for entry in 2018, offered as part of the Techne Doctoral training partnership. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic track record and show excellent promise in terms of the quality and feasibility of their research. They will be expected to contribute significantly to the research culture of the Department, for instance in its research centres as well as to the wider College environment.  For further information on applying to TECHNE click here and, for application forms, click here.

Watch our series of videos to find out about more about our PhD programme, what we look for in an applicant, the facilities available to PG students and our research specialisms.

  • Contact the Postgraduate Administrator
  • It is recommended that applicants use the online application service Royal Holloway Direct. This service offers a speedier and more accurate exchange of applicant data, on-line reference requests and allows applicants to save incomplete application records for completion at a later date.




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