Part-Time PhD in History
A PhD in History remains fundamentally the same, whether studied full-time or part-time. The distinction lies in the amount of time that students are expected to be able to devote to their studies and, consequently, the timetable of the major milestones of the course.
In the first instance, we would strongly encourage you to read the full-time PhD pages for further information on the course in general.
Please also see the Postgraduate Admissions' general information on part-time study.
At a glance
Students will research and write a doctoral thesis of up to 80,000 words, representing an original contribution to knowledge.
They will be supported throughout the course by a Supervisor, an experienced Cambridge academic who will provide one-to-one advice and feedback. At the same time, the student will take part in Cambridge's vibrant research community, attending seminars, postgraduate workshops and a broad spectrum of skills training.
As well as regular meetings with your supervisor, students will have an annual progress meeting at which they submit an annual progress paper.
At the end of the fifth term, students submit a Progress Essay (up to 10,000) words and meet formally with their Supervisor and Advisor (another academic who provides additional guidance). This meeting determines whether the student has made sufficient progress to complete their thesis on schedule.
At the end of their research project, students submit their completed thesis and take part in an oral ('viva voce') examination on its contents. The two examiners will be leading academics in the field.
Students can expect to receive:
- Regular oral feedback from their supervisor, as well as termly online feedback reports;
- Oral feedback from peers during postgraduate workshops and seminars;
- Access to regular training sessions and relevant undergraduate lectures to develop key skills;
- Support for fieldwork research;
- Opportunities to teach and supervise undergraduate students in their field of research.