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History MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in History.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in recent years. We aim to produce research that is distinctive, socially and culturally relevant, and that influences national agendas. We continually strive to develop new areas of research excellence while, in certain areas, our work has already been acknowledged as world-leading.

As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment. You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and to take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme. This will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree while enhancing the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Humanities has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in women and the home front in WW1 and II, international history, the international slave trade, early modern history, and medical humanities.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


With study space and IT provision in the Research Office, and access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and state of the art library facilities, the History team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources to support your learning and research project.

Recent successful projects have examined print culture in Restoration England; and end of life care in the Victorian home. Some of our current research projects include: British elementary curricula and ideas of the imperial world; children, childhood and slavery in Sierra Leone; and courtship and marriage on the British Home Front during the first and second World Wars.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Research School ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Professor Maggie Andrews
Expertise: cultural and social history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history; broadcasting, domesticity and femininity; the Home Front in World War One and Two

Dr Neil Fleming
Expertise: twentieth century Britain; metropolitan imperialism; British foreign and imperial policy; Northern Ireland.

Dr Paddy McNally
Expertise: Irish history, 1690-1848; German history, 1870-1945; political thought; nationalism.

Professor Darren Oldridge
Expertise: religion and the supernatural in early modern England; witchcraft; the Devil.

Professor Suzanne Schwarz
Expertise: the Atlantic slave trade; slavery; abolitionism; Sierra Leone; British colonial policy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Dr Wendy Toon
Expertise: the United States in the era of the Second World War; Americanization; enemy image creation; propaganda; twentieth century Germany and Japan; foreign relations of the United States; the “study of culture at a distance.”

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