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Historical Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate Schooland housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. 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 end of the seventeenth to the end of the twentieth centuries, in Britain, Europe, North America and the Middle East. However, we are also keen to develop research in British Medieval history. Building and maintaining partnerships with heritage and other cultural organisations is also priority. The History team contributes to an interdisciplinary taught Masters programme in Nineteenth Century Studies and has a long-standing and successful record of PhD supervision. 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. 

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area web pages. 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.

For initial discussion about your project please contact Professor Alyson Brown, Graduate School research degree contact for History, via email .

Research themes

  • Nineteenth-century studies, particularly interdisciplinary approaches to the period’s media and popular culture
  • Political or social history of France post-1945 
  • History of racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, Orientalism; British and French empires; Jewish history.
  • 17th  and 18th century histories of family, household and community; women’s histories; history of midwifery
  • Crime and punishment in modern England and Wales;
  • Medieval history, particularly Britain, Ireland and the Viking Age.