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Why Warwick?

Why Come to Warwick for Postgraduate Studies?

As a graduate student, you will be part of one of the leading History departments in the country and become a member of our lively and exciting research community.

  • The department is home to outstanding scholars conducting field-leading research. We were rated 1st in the UK for the proportion of our research that was world-leading in the last nationwide research rankings (REF2014).
  • We are a large department with over forty permanent members of academic staff so can offer supervision on a wide range of global topics
  • We host four field-leading Research Centres (Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Centre; Centre for the History of Medicine; Global History and Culture Centre; European History Centre) that give a focus to our research community by running seminars, workshops, conferences and ‘works in progress’ discussions, as well as leading the four MA programmes.
  • Warwick staff and research students also participate actively in Research Centres outside the department (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies; Centre for the Study of Women and Gender; Humanities Research Centre; Institute for Advanced Studies).
  • We have a range of research networks on important, interdisciplinary topics (feminism, violence, food, medieval history, oral history, queer history, parish history, science and technology).
  • We have an excellent library with many online resources. The Modern Records Centre, also situated on campus, is one of the biggest archives of primary sources outside of London, with a unique collection of modern historical records. The Warwickshire Record Office is just 8 miles away. And the university is well situated geographically for access to other archives in Oxford (40 minutes away), London (an hour) and elsewhere.
  • You will be part of a vibrant postgraduate community. We have a large postgraduate community of about 70 postgraduates researching PhDs and about 35 MA students. It is one of the most diverse and inclusive communities of history postgraduates in the UK –in recent years between a third and a half of our research students, and a third of our MA students, have been non-white, and numbers of male and female students are roughly equal.

We offer a variety of research scholarships. We are part of the AHRC Midlands Four Cities (M4C) consortium, which awards PhD funding. Warwick also offers its own doctoral funding (Chancellor’s International Scholarships) and participates in other funding competitions (China Research Council, Economic and Social History Research Council, Wellcome Trust), so that our students receive funding from a variety of sources.

You can also find out more about why Warwick is an excellent place for postgraduate life at What is it that drives you?