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Historical Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

PGRs working on history projects are normally housed in the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences.

The History team is a dynamic group committed to academic research as well as sharing and developing that research with external partners. In REF2021, 75% of our impact had ‘very considerable’ or ‘outstanding’ reach and significance. The focus of our research and teaching is largely on modern history, from the end of the eighteenth to the end of the20th Centuries, in Britain, Europe, North America and the Middle East. We are keen to build on work with partnerships in heritage and cultural organisations. The History team contribute to interdisciplinary taught Master’s programmes in Modern History and Culture, and Nineteenth Century Studies and has a long-standing and successful record of PhD supervision. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) receive subject-specific mentoring/support for their teaching and research supervision/training. They enjoy a rich, welcoming research culture and opportunities to attend research seminars, symposia, and conferences on campus.

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The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

“Edge Hill University offers a bespoke supervisory programme led by staff with a wide range of expertise, to assist you throughout your research journey.

I have enjoyed teaching undergraduate students on two modules, enhancing my professional development which will help further my future employment prospects. Alongside this, I have made firms friends from different departments, meeting through the first year of introductory talks put on by the Graduate School. While I have found aspects challenging, my experience thus far has been immensely rewarding!”

Elena Ghiggino – History Graduate Teaching Assistant


Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to historical research to Professor Alyson Brown, Graduate School research degree contact for historical research, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research themes

  • Medieval history, particularly Britain, Ireland and the Viking Age. 
  • History of racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, Orientalism; British and French empires; Jewish history. 
  • 20th Century US history, Anglo-American relations and business history. 
  • Political or social history of France post-1945.
  • Crime and punishment in modern England and Wales.