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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

History PhD: The research expertise of the staff covers medieval, early modern and 19 th and 20th Century topics, with a strong emphasis on Irish and American History in the modern era. Additionally, an MA by Research in History, for which students write a shorter thesis on the topic of their choice, is offered.

At Canterbury Christ Church University we offer three routes to a PhD:

PhD by Thesis

PhD by Portfolio

PhD by Publication

A PhD normally involves a commitment to at least 3 years of study (5 years if part-time).

The PhD by Thesis requires completion of a monograph or thesis of around 80,000 words.

The PhD by Portfolio is suitable for those working in practice who will generate a series of discrete outputs from their programme of research based upon their area of practice.

The PhD by Publication is designed for candidates who have already developed research skills and specialist knowledge in their field to doctoral level and have produced a volume of published outputs equivalent to that expected in a PhD thesis.

Why do a PhD?

A PhD is often the first stage of an academic research career and most university lecturers have one.

A PhD can also be useful in industry or the public sector and gives you the opportunity to carry out in-depth research in order to expand the horizons of your professional practice.

A PhD can also be undertaken for the pure joy of learning through research and adding new insights to a subject in which you have a passionate interest.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 42 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


42 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The following 2019/20 tuition fees apply to the standard PhD: UK/EU- £4,327.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

The following 2019/20 tuition fees apply to the standard PhD: overseas- £12,160.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

To be confirmed

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more