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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 2022-23 academic year. We all hope that the next year will see a return to normal life, with plenty of in-person teaching and the day-to-day interaction between all the members of the History community that can make the University 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 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 Doctoral Training Centres and our Faculty of Arts. 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 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