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Postgraduate research - History

The Department of History offers two postgraduate research degrees: the MA by Research and the PhD. Royal Holloway is noted for the breadth of its research with over thirty permanent 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.

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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’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 BOTH a word version of the TECHNE application form AND a College Application form by the departmental deadline of 13 January 2020 12:00 pm.  The TECHNE application form along with two references should be sent by email to the Recruitment Lead or proposed supervisor. The College Application form should be submitted online via Royal Holloway Direct.
  3. Selected candidates will be shortlisted for phone interview shortly after the departmental deadline. The successful candidates will be put forward to the next stage of competition, and, for that purpose, will need to formally submit an online TECHNE application form through the TECHNE Application Portal by 27 January 2020.

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


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