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PhD with the Institute of Historical Research

PhD with the Institute of Historical Research

Different course options

Online | University of London Worldwide | 3 years | OCT

Study mode



3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Historical Research

Course type


Course Summary

The Institute of Historical Research has a broad remit to cover the history of the world from the fourth to the twentyfirst century, with particular strengths in British and European history.

The Institute of Historical Research offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

Medieval British history
Modern British history
Local, regional and community histories of the British Isles
Place and Identity
Early medieval Northumbria and the north
Later medieval armies and warfare
Urban and metropolitan history (especially London), including comparative approaches across Europe and elsewhere
Late medieval and early modern urban history
Digital history and Historical GIS
History of propaganda in the twentieth century
History of the First and Second World Wars
History of emotions in modern Britain
The everyday lives of ‘ordinary’ people
Architecture, planning and the built environment in Britain from the twentieth century onward
The British Commonwealth and British decolonisation
History and policy
Medievalism and other usages of the past.

Distance learning

Students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

This programme is also available to be studied on campus in London. Visit the School of Advanced Study website(Opens in new window) to find out more about potential supervisors and subject areas, as well as details about available funding opportunities and more information about distance learning research degrees.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full-time fee is £6130 per year and it is a guide for Distance Learning students.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Full-time fee is £15500 per year and it is a guide for Distance Learning students.

Entry requirements

Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a master’s degree. Applications may also be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience.