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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy
The Institute of Historical Research is based in Bloomsbury, located within the University of London’s Senate House, and in easy walking distance of the British Library.
Our research students have access to the world-renowned IHR's Wohl Library with over 200,000 history books and periodicals, the digital and online resources within the Institute, as well as free access to the University of London’s Senate House Library with over a million books. Also available are other unique collections such as the Institute of Classical Studies Library and the Warburg Institute Library.
Students are also welcome to attend the wide range of history seminars and specialist research training programmes hosted by the IHR. Students also benefit from the Institute’s network of Senior, Honorary, Research and Associate fellows with their many research interests.
There are also opportunities to work alongside our established research centres: the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community, the Victoria County History and Digital History.
The Institute is at the centre of academic history, and has partnerships with numerous nationally and internationally renowned library and art collections, as well as links to the cultural and heritage sector, professional bodies, London guilds and livery companies, archives, the City of London and higher education institutions in the UK and internationally.
Full-time study for the PhD degree entails three or a maximum of four years' independent research, culminating in the writing of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. Part-time students complete the same programme in five, or a maximum of six years.
After submission of the thesis, you will attend an oral examination conducted by an internal examiner, from the University of London, and an external examiner, normally from another British university.
There is no formal coursework, but you will be expected to participate in a weekly seminar on Work in Progress and to present a paper every year from their second year onwards. In your first year you are required to attend a weekly class on Techniques of Scholarship. You are also encouraged to participate in the regular seminars held at the Institute during the academic year.
The School of Advanced Study will offer students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a PhD by distance learning. These 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.
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Applicants for research programmes (MPhil/PhD) are normally required to hold a master’s degree.