The School of History is a thriving postgraduate research community and we welcome enquiries and applications from potential doctoral students.
Preparing your PhD application
Choosing a supervisor
Before you make a formal application you will need to identify a prospective supervisor among the school staff.
Your potential supervisor will be able to help you to refine your research proposal and application and guide you to the relevant primary sources and secondary literature.
Writing a research proposal
Your research proposal forms a vital part of your application. Its quality, originality and feasibility will all be judged in the entry process. It is also used to assess for college and research council studentships.
To assist you, we have compiled a short guide to writing your research application.
All applications for research degrees are made online.
Queen Mary’s Research Degrees Office administers the admissions process to the PhD programme.
You will be asked to provide:
- an academic CV
- a detailed research proposal
- a personal statement explaining why you would like to pursue a research degree
Visit the Queen Mary website to apply online.
Our usual requirement for entry onto the PhD programme is a strong first degree (B.A. Hons 2.1 or above) with a merit at Masters level. We will also accept its overseas equivalent.
We also welcome applications from students with unconventional educational backgrounds. Please contact our Postgraduate Research Officer for advice on eligibility.