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PhD, MPhil, MResHistory

Research opportunities

There's a number of options available to you. You can study an MPhil or an MRes over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three years.

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

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge & intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research & chosen career
  • the standards, requirements & conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others & communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Download the Guidance Notes for PhD in History (with Genealogical Studies)


NameAreas of Expertise
Patricia Barton
  • Indian economic links with the British empire
  • Disease in colonial South Asia
Alison Cathcart
  • Kinship and clientage in Scottish clan society
  • Scottish and Irish relations in the long sixteenth century
  • Plantation in Scotland and Ireland c.1550-1625   
Mark Ellis
  • The impact of World War I on American society
  • The American interracial cooperation movement before 1940
  • The origins of the American civil rights movement
  • Political and social movements in 20th century America
Richard Finlay
  • Scottish history since 1700
  • Scottish and British political history         
Erin Jessee
  • Oral History Theory and Practice
  • Genocide in the 20th century
  • Rwanda: Peace, Conflict, and the Politics of History
  • Cultural anthropology     
Laura Kelly
  • Social history of medicine in nineteenth and early twentieth century Ireland
  • Women in the medical profession
  • Medical education and student culture in Ireland
  • Professional identity of Irish medical students, c.1800-1950
  • Contraception and Modern Ireland, c.1922-92
Alan McInnes
  • Jacobitism
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Covenanters
Arthur McIvor
  • Work, health and disability in the United Kingdom since c1950
  • Asbestos-Related Disease in Britain
  • Work in Britain since 1945
Jim Mills
  • Social history of drugs and narcotic
  • Social history of health and medicine in the British empire
  • History of cannabis in Britain and its empire
  • History of cocaine consumption and control in Asia between 1900 and 1945
Emma Newlands
  • War, medicine and military culture          
Rogelia Pastor-Castro
  • International History in the twentieth century
  • Cold War Europe
  • The resident embassy: history, role and function French foreign policy since 1919
  • British foreign policy and the cold war
Matthew Smith
  • Mental health and psychiatry
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Food and nutrition
  • Social psychiatry in the United States
Manuela Williams
  • The political history of the Middle East
  • The history of propaganda and information
  • Twentieth-century Europe
John Young
  • The Scottish Covenanters
  • Scotland and Ulster
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • History of Political Institutions
  • The 1707 Act of Union

Fees & funding



All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Scotland/ EU
  • TBC*
Rest of UK
  • TBC*
International students
  • £13,550*

*Please note that 2019/20 PGR entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.


Have a look at our scholarship search for any funding opportunities.

The Dean’s Global Research Scholarship (up to 10 Awards) will help to cover the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate research student. The award will apply for each year of study up to 3 years.

Our students have been funded in a variety of ways such as Research Council studentships, the Wellcome Trust, the Carnegie Trust and by the University itself.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

We look for students with a first or a 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in history or a related subject.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts & certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area & topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible.

When you've identified a potential supervisor, based upon how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself.

In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV.

Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage - you'll have help from staff in the Department of History to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor if available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept our offer, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for all our research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with out workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.


We have a great careers service here at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University.

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