A unique opportunity to pursue original research that is your passion with first-class expert support and superb new postgraduate facilities.
We offer a strong and serious research environment for our postgraduate community. History at Ulster has consistently produced 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) research. In REF2014 almost 50% of our publications and over 75% of the impact of our work on policy and practice beyond Ulster was rated at these levels.
The University welcomes applicants interested in researching Early Modern and Modern Irish history, Modern British history, European history, Mediterranean history, Russian and Soviet history, Social history, Medical humanities, Social history of medicine, Labour history, Diaspora and migration, Imperialism and decolonisation.
Historians at the University have always seen a thriving community of postgraduate students, both full-time and part- time, as contributing to the overall research culture of the subject. They have organized a number of national and international conferences at which research students have presented papers.
Research students are also encouraged to attend, and present papers at, historical conferences in Britain and Ireland and beyond. History at Ulster have also won funding, fellowships and other support from many national and international bodies; and staff are members of key organizations, such as the Royal Historical Society.
In the second year of studies, PhD candidates are supported to take a small number of seminar classes to develop their teaching skills. We also run a lively staff-postgraduate seminar, which provides a supportive context for testing ideas. All staff supervisors are research active as measured by submission to the Research Excellence Framework (2014).
As a full time student, the expectation is that you will work on your project on a daily basis, either on or off campus as agreed with your supervisor. You will be entitled to 40 days holiday per annum.
Part time students are expected to meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, most usually this would be monthly but this is dependent on the project area.