The research interests of the Department are extensive. Postgraduates wishing
to take research degrees can be accepted to research on a wide range of topics
within the general field of history from the sixteenth century.
The following represent areas in which the Department has particular
Take a look at the lists of
research theses and
We offer three types of research course, all of which are supervised research
with an examined thesis: a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); a Master of Philosophy
(MPhil) and an MA by Dissertation (MAD). The normal minimum length of
candidature, and maximum length of thesis, prescribed for each scheme are given
For each research student, a programme of training is agreed with the
individual Supervisor, and may include attendance at one or more taught modules.
Research students are welcome to enrol on any taught module (training or
optional), subject to the Department’s module enrolment procedures.
All applicants for research degrees have a member of staff appointed to
supervise their research. In addition, each student has a Supervisory Board,
which meets twice a year and which provides a forum in which the student can
discuss the perspectives and conceptual problems, as well as the practicalities
of research. The Board is also responsible for monitoring the progress of the
student and it reports annually to the Department’s Research Students’ Progress
The University of Essex is a member of CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the
Arts South-East England, which has over 375 fully-funded PhD studentships to award
over the next five years funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) and the seven CHASE partner institutions. Applicants for doctoral study in history at Essex
can apply to CHASE for AHRC studentships through our department and we will work closely with you on your application.
Our University’s Proficio scheme helps to develop your skills and knowledge and increase your employability potential for
careers in academia and industry by providing funding for specialist training across a range of areas, including researching and managing your PhD, presenting your work
and getting published.
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