History Research

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

History and Archaeology research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Thesis MRes PhD

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About our programmes


At Hull, you research history under the supervision and guidance of leading experts who are active historians working on everything from ancient Rome to modern Britain. We offer postgraduate research degrees at both Masters and PhD levels in a wide variety of historical subjects, genres, disciplines and methodologies. We have a strong tradition of supporting postgraduate and early career researchers.

History research at Hull ranges from Palaeolithic America, Roman Britain and medieval England and Ireland to the Middle East, by way of modern Australia, Britain, Europe and North America. Thematic strengths include Indigenous, maritime, military, global, social, economic, environmental, cultural, intellectual and political history, as well as the history of slavery and of adaptive technologies.

History at Hull has a track record of internationally-significant research. In the recent REF 2014, 70% of our research was judged to be either 'world leading' or 'internationally significant'. Our research staff contribute to a range of research centres and units, including the Wilberforce Institute (WISE) and the Blaydes Maritime Centre.

Hull students benefit from the ESRC-funded White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures, amongst a range of doctoral funding opportunities.

Masters opportunities

Our innovative MRes History treats you as an independent researcher who is ready to ask more ambitious questions about the past. Your one-to-one dissertation supervision is supplemented by two taught optional modules which equip you to broaden and deepen your intellectual ambitions, putting you in as competitive a position as possible if you choose to apply for doctoral funding.

The MRes programme lasts one year full-time or two years part-time, and culminates in a dissertation of 30,000 words.

Please note the MRes programme is only available for a September start.

Our MA by Thesis is is ideal for those who would like to study without committing to a full PhD programme. Students take 20 credits of post-graduate training modules, and the write a thesis of up to 50,000 words.


Archaeology is a well-established area of research at the University of Hull, and the lively mix between archaeology, geography and history ensures that students benefit from our exciting research culture.

Our research sites are worldwide, collaborating with teams from institutions across the globe, developing cutting-edge research for a wide audience.

There are two levels of research degree offered in Archaeology at Hull: MA by Thesis and PhD. The PhD prepares you for academic research and other high level careers. The MA by Thesis is ideal for those who would like to study without committing to a full PhD programme.

Apply for research programmes in History and Archaeology



Open for admission in 2022/23

Full time Part time
MA by Thesis 1 year* 2 years*
MRes 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September



History at Hull is unique in the breadth of thematic expertise and the range of approaches to historical interpretation and practice that our department contains.

We welcome applications for postgraduate research in any area where we can provide expert supervision, including:

  • Cultural history
  • Cultural memory
  • Early modern European history
  • Early modern North Atlantic history
  • Empire and decolonisation
  • Environmental history
  • Gender history
  • Global history
  • Indigenous history
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Maritime history
  • Medieval history
  • Migration history
  • Modern British history
  • Modern economic and social history
  • Oral history
  • Post-Cold War history
  • Religious and intellectual history
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • Social and cultural history of war and conflict
  • 20th-century European history (including eastern and south-east Europe)
  • 20th-century Middle Eastern history
  • 20th-century south-east Asian history
  • War memory


We welcome applications for postgraduate research in any area where we can provide expert supervision, including:

United Kingdom

  • Beresford’s lost villages
  • Brodsworth Community Archaeology Project
  • Foulness Valley
  • Research at Hayton
  • Nunburnholme
  • Sutton Common


  • Battle of Crécy, France
  • Dating and diet in Ukraine: 10,000 - 3000calBC
  • Iron in Europe the First 2000 Years
  • Verteba Cave, Ukraine

Rest of the world

  • Amarna, Egypt
  • Aktopraklik and Barcin, Turkey

For more information, please contact us.


For more information, please contact Dr Charles Prior at c.prior@hull.ac.uk

Fees and funding


Full time: £4,596 per year

Part time: £2,298 per year


Full time: £15,200 per year

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

If you need to move into the writing up period of your research degree, you will be liable to pay a continuation fee if you don’t submit within the first three months after the end of your research period (full-time) or six months (part-time). Whilst you can take up to 12 months (full-time) and 20 months (part-time) to write-up your thesis, the expectation is that you submit within 3 months (full-time) and 6 months (part-time).

The fees for the writing up period are:

0-3 months into writing up period - £0
0-6 months (part-time) into writing up period - £0
Full time study - £230 every three months thereafter
Part time study - £230 every six months thereafter

The writing up fees will increase by inflation each year.

Doctoral Loan

UK students who haven’t secured a scholarship can take out a Doctoral Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £26,445 for full-time and part-time PhDs in all subject areas.

EU students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

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The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

For entry onto one of our Master’s by Research programmes, you should normally have, or expect to obtain at least 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in history/archaeology or another subject with relevance (such as politics, cultural studies, sociology, economics or geography and earth sciences).

For entry onto our PhD programme, you should normally have, or expect to obtain, a Master’s degree at merit or 60% and above (or international equivalent) in history/archaeology or a related subject.

With your application, you should submit a comprehensive research proposal including an outline of the proposed field of study, the research methodology, a literature review, and—crucially—an indication of the significance of the research and its original contribution. You should also include an example of written work (2,000 - 3,000 words).

International students

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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