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3 years

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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

Aberystwyth boasts research facilities unparalleled at most UK universities and the town’s outstanding resources in books and manuscripts greatly enhance Aberystwyth’s appeal to the historian. The Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University has a well-established reputation for innovative and internationally recognised research, and is keen to recruit enterprising and imaginative graduate students to read for PhD and MPhil degrees.


Why undertake a PhD or MPhil in History at Aberystwyth University?

History has been taught at Aberystwyth University since the university’s founding in 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain.

Aberystwyth boasts library resources amongst the best in Europe and contains expansive source material for the medieval, early modern and modern periods. The university’s Hugh Owen Library houses more than 700,000 volumes, a number of unique research collections, and subscribes to more than 3,500 current periodicals. The Hugh Owen Library is also one of only two designated European Documentation Centres in Wales and contains considerable resources for historians interested in the USA.

Situated next to the university campus is the National Library of Wales, one of the UK’s five copyright libraries, which houses more than 6,000,000 volumes and offers immediate access to all copyright publications issued in the UK. The National Library houses many collections relating to the British Isles in general, and has been since its inception the world's leading repository for archives relating to the history of Wales and beyond, many of them still awaiting exploration. Further information about research resources in Aberystwyth is available.

Aberystwyth is also home to a number of research-led institutions that are useful to historians of many periods and interests. These include (besides the National Library), the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, and the Ceredigion Record Office.


This module is designed for research students in the Faculty of Arts and for AHRB remit students within the Faculty of Social Sciences. It will provide research training in text and discourse analysis, taking account of the multimodal nature of meaning-making. The module has been designed to develop the students capacity for critical reading.

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Tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year for UK Research students are not yet available.

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent. Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application.