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:
MRes & MPhil research degrees
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.
MRes and MPhil students work closely with two supervisors on a dissertation of 30,000 words. You have two years to complete this, but most students submit their dissertation by the end of the calendar year after they commence (ie a student beginning in September might submit the completed dissertation at Christmas the following year). Viva examination is not necessarily required. In certain circumstances, the MPhil allows direct transfer to a PhD.
A distinctive feature of the MRes is that it is often interdisciplinary, drawing on two Humanities & Social Sciences subjects for supervision and subject matter, and this sometimes appeals to students with Joint Honours degrees. For example, we have close links with colleagues in Modern Languages who could support MPhil topics in European or Latin American history.
In recent years, competitive AHRC-aligned excellence awards have provided fee-waivers for interdisciplinary MRes research projects for students likely to apply for AHRC funding for a PhD.
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.
Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.
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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School
The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.Find out more about the Doctoral School
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Support & development
The Graduate School
The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for 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 our workshops, seminars and competitions.
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes
Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps 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.
The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.
From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.
History at the University of Strathclyde has a long tradition of the highest quality research in its field. Our historians focus on:
- Scotland and the world
- European and International History
- History of science, technology and medicine
- Oral history
Two of these themes are supplorted by leading centres – the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, run jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University and the Scottish Oral History Centre.Find out more about our research
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Normally, 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.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and 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 1,500-2,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and 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 on 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 is 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 receive 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.