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Postgraduate Research Handbook

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  • Welcome from the Head of Department
  • Welcome from the Director of PGR studies

Welcome from the Head of Department

A very warm welcome to you at the start of the 2023-24 academic year. We look forward to seeing you this year and encourage you to attend the seminars, workshops, talks, and social events that make the department such a vibrant and stimulating place.

This Handbook is designed to be a reference document that provides information on your course and the University. It is very detailed and will provide many links to important information maintained elsewhere in the University. You may find it most useful when you have a specific question, but you should look it over at the beginning of the year to ensure that you are clear about what will be expected of you, and what you can expect from the History Department. If you have any questions about the Handbook or its contents, or if you would like to make a suggestion, please speak with your Student-Staff Liaison Committee Course Representative, or speak to the Director of PGR studies.

The aim of this handbook is to provide accurate and up to date information. It is correct as of the start of the year, but, as we know, events sometimes intervene. Changes and updates can be found on our website ( which you are advised to check regularly. Please look out for, and read, emails that come from the departmental office or from me. The final arbiter of policy and procedure are the University Regulations, which can be found on the University Governance webpages (

For now, all best wishes for the new year!

Tim Lockley

Head of Department


Welcome from the Director of PGR studies

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

The History Department provides a lively and friendly environment for graduates. In addition to any formal programmes you are following, there are many research seminars, workshops, conferences and informal reading groups and 'work-in-progress' sessions in the Department, in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, and in the University more generally, in which we hope you will participate. Not only is such participation really helpful for your research but it will also greatly strengthen a feeling of being part of the academic community and help you get to know others socially. What you put into our community helps shape what you get out of it.

There are also many opportunities for training and development in the Centres in and outside the department, in the Doctoral College and in our Faculty of Arts which we also encourage you to attend, so that you get the most from what is on offer. Your most direct contact with the staff is likely to be with your supervisors, but please feel free to approach any member of staff who may be able to help you with your work and to approach me with any issue that may be worrying you.

Professor Mark Knights
Director of PGR studies



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.

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Welfare and Support

Research Course Regulations

Progression and Examination

Expected Participation

Personal Development

Funding and Travel Support

University PG Research Support

Student Voice