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MPhil/PhD Programmes

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national research hub in the humanities and offers a world-class research environment to our postgraduate students.

Doctoral research supervision in art and cultural history is available at the Warburg, the Institute of English Studies, as well as broadly at the Institute of Historical Research in the following topics:

  • Art and cultural history
  • Literature, publishing and communication
  • Religious and cultural history
  • Political history
  • Economic and social history 1300-1500
  • Imperial history
  • History of Victorian Britain
  • Urban and metropolitan history (especially London) history, including comparative approaches across Europe and elsewhere
  • Royal and Diplomatic history since 1900
  • Local and regional history, primarily concerning England and including the impact of towns
  • The experience and impact of empire
  • The development of social and domestic groups in early modern towns
  • Architecture and planning and the built environment in Britain
  • Digital history
PhD in History
Students at the School of Advanced Study have access to a range of world-class resources and specialist research training seminars and programmes.

The Institute of Historical Research is based in leafy Bloomsbury, located within the University of London’s Senate House, and in easy walking distance of the British Library. Students have access to the world-renowned IHR library with over 180,000 history books and periodicals, the digital and online resources within the institute as well as free access to the University of London’s Senate House Library with over a million books. Also available are other unique collections such as the Institute of Classical Studies Library and the Warburg Institute Library. 

Students at the Institute are welcomed to the wide range of history seminars and specialist research training programmes, as well as benefitting from the Institute’s network of Senior, Honorary, Research and Associate fellows. There are also opportunities to work alongside the established research centres in History – the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History. 

The Institute is at the centre of academic history, and has partnerships with numerous nationally and internationally renowned library and art collections, as well as links with the cultural and heritage sector, professional bodies, Guilds and Livery Companies, Archives, the City of London and higher education institutions in the UK and internationally.  

The School of Advanced Study runs an extensive research training programme, open to all postgraduate students, as well as an active public engagement calendar. The School is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), through which we are able to offer a number of studentships in humanities disciplines, as well as the range of studentships and bursaries available through our institutes. 

How to Apply 

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor.  

Distance learning

Students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

This programme is also available to be studied on campus in London. Visit the School of Advanced Study website to find out more about potential supervisors and subject areas, as well as details about available funding opportunities and more information about distance learning research degrees.