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Postgraduate (Research) Handbook

We recognise that 2020-2021 is likely to be a challenging one because of the implications of Covid-19. We will do our utmost to support and facilitate your research but please do maintain regular contact with your supervisor(s) so that we know you are progressing as much as possible.


Welcome to the History Department and to the Graduate Programme in History. We hope that your period of study in the Department will be rewarding, intellectually stimulating and happy. We are looking forward very much to working with you during your programme of study.

The Warwick History Department is a large and broadly-based research community with a high international reputation in British, European, Global and Comparative American history. The Department supports four major research centres: the Centres for Early Modern and Eighteenth- Century Studies, Global History and Culture, European History and History of Medicine. Strong core research groups in British social history, the history of gender and sexuality, science and technology, and Renaissance and early modern British and European history complement the Department’s other strengths in the modern history of Germany, Eastern Europe and Russia; we also have a strong cohort of historians of the Middle East, East and South Asia, and Africa. The Department includes a unique concentration of US, Caribbean and Latin American historians of a high international reputation.

The History Department provides a lively and friendly environment for graduate study. In addition to any formal programmes you are following, there is an array of research seminars and informal reading groups in the Department, and in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, in which we hope you will participate. You can also avail yourself of opportunities for training and development in the Faculty of Arts and our Doctoral Training Centres. Your most direct contact with the staff is likely to be with your research supervisor, but please feel free to approach any member of staff who may be able to help you with your work.

Professor Rebecca Earle
Chair, Department of History

Key Contacts

Director of PGR Studies
Professor Mark Knights
Overall oversight of the progress of all PGR students.
Postgraduate Coordinator
Kay Jones
Day to day administrative support for PGR students.
Departmental Senior Tutor
Dr Jonathan Davies
Responsible for the personal tutor system and all issues regarding mitigating circumstances affecting student performance.


The Department endeavours to ensure that the information in this handbook is as accurate and up to date as possible. Statements of departmental policy are made in good faith and are an honest attempt to describe current practices. However, the final arbiter of policy and procedure is the University Regulations as laid down in the University Calendar, which can be found on the University Governance webpages

University Governance