Postgraduate Study

The research expertise of the staff covers medieval, early modern and 19 th and 20 th Century topics, with a strong emphasis on Irish and American History in the modern era.

Additionally, an MA by Research in History, for which students write a shorter thesis on the topic of their choice, is offered.

Enquiries should be directed to Dr Leonie Hicks.

Available supervisors include:

Dr John Bulaitis

  • the French Communist Party
  • social conflict in rural France (20th Century)
  • 'tithe Wars' in England and Wales (19th/20th Century).

Dr Paul Dalton:

  • the political, social and ecclesiastical history of England and Normandy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
  • the history of peace-making in England and Normandy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
  • the Norman Conquest and the civil war of King Stephen's reign.

Professor Jackie Eales:

  • 17th century women
  • early Modern Puritanism
  • the English Civil Wars 1640-1660.

Dr Lesley Hardy:

  • heritage and public history / the uses of the past within cultures and societies
  • historiography / how history is written and understood
  • C19th and C20th British cultural history.

Professor Thomas Hennessey:

  • Britain and the Cold War
  • Irish history since 1886
  • British political history since 1945.

Dr Leonie Hicks:

  • the history of the Normans
  • medieval gender (900-1200)
  • ideas of space, place and landscape in the middle ages.

Dr David Hitchcock:

  • social history of England, 1650-1750: particularly poverty, social policy, the history of crime, vagrancy
  • cultural history of a similar period: particularly representations of the poor or other marginal groups: in print, in imagery, on stage, or voiced aloud
  • political history of the Restoration period, Glorious Revolution, and the ‘rage of parliament’.

Dr Simon Prince:

  • Northern Ireland
  • global Sixties
  • social movements.

Professor Kevin Ruane:

  • the Cold War
  • the Vietnam War
  • the Anglo-American 'special' relationship.

Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh:

  • ideas of memory and identity in the Middle Ages
  • medieval urban society
  • peasant society in the Middle Ages

Martin Watts:

  • Kent and the First World War
  • Immigration and Military Service
  • Whitstable Maritime

Dr Louise Wilkinson:

  • Queens and aristocratic women in the Middle Ages
  • politics and society under King John (1199-1216) and King Henry III of England (1216-1272)
  • medieval English government records.

Dr Sara Wolfson:

  • aristocratic women in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • the court of Charles I
  • European diplomacy, international and transnational politics.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

Find out how to apply for a research degree.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MA by Research in History apply
Canterbury 30 months part-time September 2020
MA by Research in History apply
Canterbury 30 months part-time February 2021
MPhil/PhD History apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD History apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time February 2021


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