PhD History

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Open

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Many of the research opportunities in history are interdisciplinary and are available for most periods of history and in most geographical regions. PhD supervision is normally available in the following subject areas:

Classical, medieval and early modern medicine

Reception(s) of Hippocratic medicine and Hippocratic Oath; history of medical ethics; history and iconography of melancholy and psychopathology; medical history/historiography as an academic discipline; genres of medical writing; interface between medicine and literature, Thomas Mann and medicine; medicine and philosophy; medicine and law.

Death and burial

The history of poverty and poor relief in pre-industrial England.

Gender, womens history and the history of sexuality

Britain; the modern Atlantic world; Greece.

Historical demography

The history of nutrition, famine and mortality; the history of fertility, birth control and contraception.

History of ideas

Revolutionary ideology in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and France; European historiography.

History of psychiatry

Mental health and the asylum; forensic psychiatry, criminal lunacy and crime; the history of the body; early modern social and cultural history of health; history of hospitals; history of sexuality; domestic/household medicine; travel and medicine.

Early medieval Britain and Europe.

National identity, inter-ethnic relations and border issues

Japan; North America; Russia and Ukraine; Mexico and Cuba; the Caribbean; Spain; Ireland; the Irish in Britain.

Politics, international relations and the impact of war

Modern British politics; European fascism and the Nazi new order; twentieth-century France; twentieth-century Italy; transwar Japan; American Civil War and the United States in the nineteenth century; the United States in the twentieth century.

Urban history and urban culture

History of the press in early modern France; nineteenth-century Newcastle and the North East; eighteenth-century urban cultures in Britain; seventeenth-century London; urban culture in the Habsburg Empire.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

There are also opportunities for joint supervision with Latin American researchers in the School of Modern Languages.


Our postgraduates enjoy a research environment in which ambitious and original ideas can flourish and they take part in the Schools research seminar series, lunchtime Postgraduate Forum seminars, and annual postgraduate conference which is organised by postgraduate students. The Postgraduate Forum also runs its own peer-reviewed e-journal. In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. PhD applicants should have a related masters degree, or international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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