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How to apply

The School of History is a thriving postgraduate research community and we welcome enquiries and applications from potential doctoral students.

This page provides useful information about admissions requirements, how to prepare your PhD application and how to apply.

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.

If you are unable to identify a potential supervisor please contact the School’s Post-Graduate Research Officer for advice:  Ms Kat Kemp, .

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.

Application process

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.

Admissions Requirements

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.