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MPhil/PhD in History (2021 Entry)



  • Course Code
  • P-V1P0
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MPhil/PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: 5-7 years


With a reputation for national and international excellence and innovation, our History Department was ranked 1st in the country for the highest concentration of world-leading research activity (REF 2014). Surrounded and supported by a host of exceptional historians, you’ll be exposed to diverse and international views, people and research, all encouraging and challenging you to think unconventionally and creatively about the past.


The breadth of expertise and experience in the History Department (currently forty or so full-time members of staff), along with a thriving culture of research, seminars and conferences, make Warwick one of the very best universities in the UK to undertake research in history. PhD students normally complete their degrees within three to four years of full-time study, or five to six years part-time. As a research student your closest contact will be with your supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work, and agree a programme of reading, research and writing with you.

Additional support and training are provided by the Department, Arts Faculty and the Graduate School, as well as by History’s many reading groups, seminars, workshops and conferences. History researchers will benefit from the University Library’s new Research Exchange, a dedicated postgraduate conference and study area, with state-of-the-art facilities.


The Department of History at Warwick has particular strengths in the history of the early modern and modern periods. Our Faculty have expertise in subjects across the world, and a number of specialist Research Centres facilitating new research by students and scholars.

You can also search our academic staff by their areas of expertise.


Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree and Master's degree (or equivalent) in History or a closely related subject

English language requirements Band B
Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 and component scores


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


For Postgraduate queries please email PGHistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk

For further information please visit the History Department Website.


Warwick’s History Department features a host of exceptional historians and has an outstanding national and international reputation. Our historians highlight global and innovative perspectives on traditional themes and share an enthusiasm for history beyond the confines of academia. Their research and teaching reflects a cutting-edge take on established historical fields and ideas. They’re prepared to take an unconventional view. This willingness to look beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline makes for a distinctive learning environment at Warwick.

The Department has an outstanding reputation as pioneering practitioners of social, cultural, early modern, European, Latin American and medical history, and has more recently been at the forefront of developing the methodologies of the new global history. Inspired by an expansive and inclusive vision of historical research, our historians' work is multi-disciplinary and draws on environmental, literary, visual and material sources spanning the globe across five centuries. The Department’s commitment to supporting research that is internationally field-leading, innovative, and engaged is underpinned by the belief that understanding the past helps to shape the present and the future.

Research within the Department is underpinned by three key guiding principles: rendering visible people, objects, themes, institutions and processes whose histories have been neglected, misunderstood or under-valued; achieving engagement and impact for our findings, within academia, museums and archives and beyond; and internationalism, in terms of the scope of research, the composition of the Department, and our approach to collaboration.

If you’re intellectually curious, and prepared for your investigations to take you into unexpected territories, you’ll be at home in Warwick’s Department of History.

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