course

History MPhil/PhD/PhD by Published works

Key Facts

  • Level

    PostgraduatePG

  • Duration

    MPhil Full Time (on and off-site): 12 months – 3 years
    MPhil Part Time (on and off-site): 30 months – 5 years

    PhD Full Time (on and off-site): 2 – 4 years PhD Part Time (on and off-site): 3 – 6 years

    PhD by Published Works Part Time (on and off-site): 1 – 2 years

  • Starting

    October, March

  • Fees UK

    See Fees and Funding

  • Fees International

    See Fees and Funding

  • Location

    Hybrid

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


If you are a graduate in a humanities subject or similar discipline, this History MPhil, PhD and PhD by Published Works programme offers an excellent route to expand your knowledge and research skills. Successful defence of the final thesis will provide the researcher with the highest qualification that any UK university can award and offer an excellent opportunity to move into higher management positions within the industry.

Find out more about our ongoing research activities by visiting our Centre for Historical Studies.

The closing dates for applications for the October intake is the 1 August and for the March intake is the 11 December

Updated 30/05/2024

Highlights


  • Research expertise covering British history from the late middle ages to the present day.
  • We can supervise topics including: Gender and Sexuality, Economy and material culture, Medicine and the body, Crime and the law, History of emotions, Warfare and military intelligence, and Fascism and far right.
  • Opportunities to develop interdisciplinary study, including with areas such as English and Media.
  • Links with a range of local and national organisations.
  • Study in a supportive environment with staff who want to see you succeed.

Course Content


  • This History PhD programme is a way for you to absorb yourself a topic you are passionate about, develop a deep understanding of your chosen specialism and improve your research, written and presentation skills.

    While developing and setting up a research project, you will initially receive general, discipline based and project specific training so that you can go on to conduct your research work effectively and independently. Your supervisors will guide you through the process with regular in-person or online tutorials. When you finish this course, you will be able to find research and development roles within fields related to your topic, such as the heritage sector, progress into an academic career or enter business at a managerial level.

    You will be supervised throughout your project by historians who are specialist in their areas of research, who are experienced at supervising PhD level projects and who will advise you on what additional activities you need to complete to achieve your goals.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

  • We normally ask you to have a recognised first or upper second-class honours degree or Master’s Degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area.

    Students with lower-level qualifications or qualifications in a different subject area, but relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

    All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

    English Language Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS at 7.0, with no component less than 6.5 (or equivalent). Applications with IELTS lower than 5.5 in all components will not be considered.

    All offers of a place on the programme are subject to:

    • Successful interview by the University.
    • Suitable Research Supervision Support.

    For additional information on how to apply to study with us, how to find a potential Supervisor, and what documents are required as part of the application process, please see our How to Apply page.

    More detailed information about the research degrees is available on our Postgraduate Research Information page.

    As part of your application, you will be asked to provide a 1,000 word research proposal –  please view our guidance notes on how to write a proposal for a research degree for further details.

    Please also contact a potential supervisor to advise on your application.

    Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) application documents

    You will need to submit the following documents with your application:

    • A 1,000 word research proposal – please view our research degree proposal guidance  
    • Two references
    • Photocopies or scans of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript
    • Photocopies or scans of your Masters certificate and transcript
    • Evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
    • Change of name document if your application and certificates are in different names
    • Passport, if you are applying for off-site study
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by means of Published Works application documents
    • A document of 750-1,000 words demonstrating a case for the published works as a coherent programme of research, making an original contribution to the present state of knowledge
    • Two references
    • Photocopies or scans of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcript
    • Photocopies or scans of your Masters certificate and transcript
    • Evidence of English language ability (where English is not the first language)
    • A statement on the review processes of the journals (or equivalent) in which the work has been published
    • A copy of the first page of each of the works
    • Statements from co-authors on the extent of your contribution to the research where appropriate
    • Change of name document if your application and certificate are in different names
    • Passport, if you are applying for off-site study
  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) practice based in the Arts, Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

    • UK – Full Time: £5,500
    • UK – Part Time: £2,775
    • International – Full Time: £15,950
    • International – Part Time: £7,450
    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by means of Published Works

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by means of published works.

    • UK – Part Time: £3,500
    • International – Part Time: £7,650
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) practice based in the Arts, Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

    • UK – Full Time: £5,340
    • UK – Part Time: £2,695
    • International – Full Time: £15,480
    • International – Part Time: £7,245
    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by means of Published Works

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by means of published works.

    • UK – Part Time: £3,400
    • International – Part Time: £7,460

    Please visit the funding page and our scholarships page for more details on how to fund your study.

  • Regular research seminars, conferences and activities led by the Centre for Historical Studies; access to the unique Searchlight Archive; specialist training in areas such as teaching in Higher Education and how to get your work published.

Staff


Jim Beach, Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History
Jim Beach

Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History


Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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Cathy Smith

Dean of Research & Knowledge Exchange


History MPhil/PhD/PhD by Published works

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Paul Jackson, Professor in the History of Radicalism & Extremism
Paul Jackson

Professor in the History of Radicalism & Extremism


Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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Careers and Employability


Our students have progressed to a wide range of areas. Many have moved into academic research related to their topic, while others have gone on to take up roles in heritage organisations, teaching and the media. Some have engaged in PhD level research for a retirement project.