History at Queen's is the largest group of historians at any university on the island of Ireland. It is a dynamic research area, with strengths in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern periods, across a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, Britain, Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. We specialise in oral history, gender and women's history, urban history, public history, religious history political history, and the history of race. As a History PhD candidate, you will engage in original research in a historical subject of your choice, supervised by our internationally recognised scholars. With Queen's being part of the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium(with Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teeside and Ulster Universities), there are opportunities for co-supervised doctoral work with staff at these institutions. A flourishing programme of events, seminars, and research groups complements our postgraduate courses and doctoral supervision. Research expertise: Queen's is one of the premier research centres globally for the study of Irish history and boasts a large and active team of researchers in this field, with interests ranging from the middle ages to the twentieth century. We have particular strengths in the history of Irish religion, politics, gender, social history, and Ireland's and Ulster's relationships with Britain and the wider world. The dynamic Centre for Public History involves historians with a variety of geographical and chronological interests. A number of current history PhD candidates are engaged in public history related projects, which involve internships and collaborations with bodies such as the BBC, Belfast City Council, Historic Royal Palaces and National Museums NI. Other areas of particular research expertise include oral history, 20th-century British social, cultural, political and imperial history, history of the U.S. South, gender history and religious history. There are also specialists in the history of Ancient Rome, Medieval England and Europe, Early Modern Britain and Europe, twentieth-century Europe, modern China, India, and South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Take a look at our History staff profiles for details. https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/subject-area/history/people Research resources: The School boasts the following Research Centres: - Institute of Irish Studies - a pioneering centre for interdisciplinary Irish scholarship and teaching. - Centre for Public History - a lively hub for those engaged in researching, teaching and practising public history. - The QUOTE hub at Queen's has members from across the University who are passionate about oral history and its potential for producing more democratic and inclusive forms of history. Major research resources are close at hand. This includes the extensive collection of Irish manuscripts, books and pamphlets in the Queen's University Library's Special Collections and our state of the art McClay Library with extensive book and journal holdings, and subscriptions to many of the principal online resources for historical study, including digital newspaper archives, Mass Observation Archive, ECCO, EEBO, and HCPP). Also nearby are wide-ranging collections in Belfast's historic Linen Hall Library, extensive manuscript holdings at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), and the Gamble Library's specialist collections in religious history and theology. The National Archives of Ireland and National Library of Ireland in Dublin are within commuting distance. About the Programme: The aim of the programme is to produce independent researchers. From the outset, PhD candidates are encouraged to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences, and through publication or public engagement. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation that makes an original contribution to historical knowledge. Mode of study/duration: Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the School. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD. Careers: We are proud of the students who have graduated with their doctorates. Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School. Our graduates have found success in a wide range of careers, including in archives and libraries, public history and heritage, education, journalism, marketing, and civil service. Research Seminars: The postgraduate community within the School is lively, energetic and diverse. As a History PhD candidate, you will be a member of a vibrant graduate community and research culture that hosts regular lectures, seminars and conferences, and research-related training events. You will be encouraged to attend such events, present the results of your research at seminars and conferences, and to organise your own events. The School boasts a number of regular research seminars. The History Postgraduate Research Seminar, run by research students, meets regularly throughout the academic year. The Irish History Students' Association, of which QUB is a founder member, hosts an annual conference at which postgraduate students from across the island meet and deliver papers in a collegial environment. Our prestigious annual Wiles lecture series, delivered across four days by a historian of global standing, is a particular highlight, alongside the Centre for Public History annual conference and the Keith Jeffery Memorial Lecture. Other regular seminar series are hosted in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Classical and Medieval Cultures Forum, the Centre for the Americas, the Centre for Economic History, the Religious Studies Forum and Streetscapes. Queen's hosts regular meetings of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies.]
PhD Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

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