History and Archaeology research degrees

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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 MRes 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, and 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.

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 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 Research 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. 



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
  • Heritage studies
  • History of medicine
  • 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, cultural and environmental 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
  • Totalitarianism and dictatorship
  • 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.


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Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MRes: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)

MA by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

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

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships for the following project:

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in History/Archaeology or a related subject (or international equivalent).

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 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 IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

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.


History at Hull consolidated its reputation as one of the leading history departments in the country in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

How your History PhD can advance your career. 

Archaeology at Hull will support you throughout your studies with us so that you achieve your full potential. You will join a research group, and you will also be invited to attend departmental research seminars and colloquia given by a variety of national and international researchers.