PhD in History
The PhD is taught by individual supervision.
There are lots of opportunities on offer: you can gain instruction in specialist disciplines, such as palaeography, languages, and computing; you can undertake training in professional skills appropriate for historians; you will be able to attend research seminars and workshops, and lots more. There is also now training available in transferable skills, such as communication, self-awareness and team-building. Although you will be focusing on your own research for most of your time, we want to help you to become a well-rounded and successful PhD candidate.
- 3-4 years full-time
- 5-7 years part-time
If you are interested in part-time study, please visit our Part-Time PhD in History page for more information.
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.
Students are formally assessed twice. At the end of their third term, they 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.
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