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 MA by Thesis 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 to the contemporary Philippines, by way of modern Australia, India, the Middle East, Britain and Europe from the early middle ages to the 21st century. Thematic strengths include 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 for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, the Andrew Marvell Centre and the Centre for Adaptive Science and Sustainability (CASS).
Hull is the lead department in the Heritage Consortium, the AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Centre for Heritage Studies. As part of the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities, Hull also offers further doctoral funding opportunities across the arts and humanities, including History. These schemes provide joint supervision between two partner institutions, giving you access to an even greater range of expertise for supporting your research.
Our innovative MA by Thesis 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 MA by Thesis programme lasts one year full-time or two years part-time, and culminates in a dissertation of 27,000 words. The programme scales down your module workload during the teaching trimesters so that you can devote an increasing amount of time to dissertation research even in Trimester 2.
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 Research 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, and can lead to either an MA or MSc qualification.