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PhD/ MPhil/ MRes History

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

You can study for a PhD over the course of three years, or you can study for an MRes or an MPhil over the course of one year, at the end of which you would submit a dissertation.

If you have already gained a Masters qualification, you can apply for a PhD, which culminates in a thesis built on original research up to 100,000 words in length. In the course of your research and writing the thesis, you will gain a range of professional skills in research methods, communications, presentation, organisation and other academic specialisms.

We can offer PhD supervision in a variety of areas, including:

  • Scotland and the world
  • European and International History
  • History of science and technology
  • History of health and medicine
  • Diplomacy and international security
  • Oral history
  • Genealogical studies

The MRes (Master of Research) and the MPhil (Master of Philosophy) in History are possible precursors to a PhD. Compared to the MSc taught postgraduate programmes in History, MRes and MPhil students take fewer classes and write dissertations that are considerably longer.

MRes and MPhil students take at least one 20-credit research training class from the following:

Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 1
Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 2
Palaeography, c.1500-c.1800

MRes students can also elect to attend other classes, if their supervisors consider this would be useful.

MRes and MPhil degrees are suitable for recent graduates and also for those with good writing and research skills who graduated some time ago. Both degrees involve a substantial project undertaken over one year (or two years, part-time). The MRes and the MPhil differ slightly in terms of their demands and it's a matter of deciding which you think you would suit you best.


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Entry requirements

Students would normally require a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in history or a related subject. For PhD applications, we also normally require a Masters degree, or overseas equivalent, in history or a related subject.

University information

The University of Strathclyde is a first-rate institution, offering a diverse variety of postgraduate course options and fostering an inclusive university community, welcoming students from around the globe and from all types of backgrounds. Strathclyde is a research-oriented university, delivering a transformative learning experience. It invests intelligently in campus facilities to provide a superb environment in which to study and...more

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