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Postgraduate - Research

The Department of History offers two postgraduate research degrees: the MA by Research and the PhD. Royal Holloway is a large, vibrant and diverse community of historians whose collective and individual research represents the breadth and variety of the discipline.

Our research intersects across multiple themes, from environment, embodiment and gender to violence, ideas and beliefs. We are especially interested in understanding  societies and cultures from new perspectives, and generating thoughtful enquiry about the functioning of human societies and cultures, in line with Royal Holloway’s commitment to social justice and a shared belief in research that benefits and changes society. 

We aim to foster world-leading research that innovates and shapes the discipline, by cultivating new areas of research growth alongside our established practices; by collaborating with other universities, heritage, media, policy makers and creative industries to maximise the public benefits of our research; and by promoting an inclusive and vibrant research community that provides support for staff and students at all stages of their career, including PhD students and early career researchers, to carry out excellent research through a robust infrastructure for grant capture, and for national and international collaborations.


If you’re considering applying for the History PhD, first see if there is a member of staff working in your area of interest, and get in touch.

Alternatively, contact your Director of Postgraduate Education

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There is funding available through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Awards.

TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

This is the application process for TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnerships

  1. Contact the Recruitment Lead or/and potential supervisor in the History Department to discuss your research proposal, the supervision that may be available, and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for a TECHNE award.
  2. If you are deemed a suitable candidate for a TECHNE award, you must submit a College application form (via Royal Holloway Direct) and a TECHNE application (via TECHNE Application Portal) by the School deadline of 13 January 2020 12:00 pm. 
  3. Selected candidates will be put forward to the next stage of competition and will have the opportunity to edit their applications in response to feedback before the final deadline of 27 January 2020. 

For further information, please refer to the Royal Holloway AHRC webpage

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