MPhil, PhD, MRes History

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Supervision is available for MPhil/PhD research in History.

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 Althea Legal-Miller

  • African American history since 1865
  • The American long civil rights movement 
  • Race and representation in America

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 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 Andy Seaman:

  • early and late medieval settlement and landscape
  • Christianity and the early Church
  • early medieval economies.

Ms Emilie Sibbesson:

  • British later prehistory
  • food history and archaeology
  • material culture studies.

Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh:

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

Dr Martin Watts:

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

Dr Michael Goodrum

  • Cold War horror and science fiction (particularly histories of place and space).
  • Cultural representations of movement and migration.
  • Biggles and the fiction of Captain W. E. Johns.

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 18 months full-time September 2020
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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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.



  • Not applicable

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