Research Degrees

Areas of Research

History at Leicester offers opportunities for doctoral research in a wide range of subjects in British, European and Global history in the medieval, early modern and modern periods.

Minimum and maximum periods of registation

PhD full-time 2 years* 4 years
PhD part-time 3 years* 6 years
MPhil full-time 1 year 2 years
MPhil part-time 2 years 4 years

*This excludes the one year writing up period.


All research students are allocated a primary and secondary supervisor, who you meet regularly and receive expert supervision from either on an individual basis or through joint supervision. Supervisors will provide guidance on the planning of your research programme, using literature and sources and requisite techniques. They will also help plan and define goals and monitor the progress of your research. Progress is also monitored by the School Postgraduate Committee and Thesis Committee.

On both the MPhil and PhD programmes, you will initially be registered as an Advanced Postgraduate (APG). In order to be upgraded to full MPhil or PhD status, you will need to submit a report that will be the subject of an APG viva after nine months (for full-time students) or 18 months (for part-time students). This usually lasts for around an hour, and allows the examiners (your supervisor/s and another member of staff) to assess your progress and advise you on the future direction of your research.

Research Training

All research students in the School complete a training needs analysis at the start of each academic year and a programme of research training is drawn up in consultation with your supervisor. All students are encouraged to sign up to Doctoral Research Training run by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities who provide comprehensive research training for all students in the College. The Graduate School also provides an introduction to research at the University in the first week of the autumn term.

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