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History - Research

Summary

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.

History is home to the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) that has won several competitive research awards and has a thriving and growing postgraduate community.

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.

About

Research Facilities

History seeks to provide its PhD Researchers with the best possible facilities for their work. Postgraduate rooms are available on all campuses, with computer access including email and Internet. The University has a range of research materials. These include the files of major newspapers, such as the Times, New York Times, Irish Times, Guardian and some local papers. There is a good collection of the British cabinet papers and conclusions for the period 1916-1945 and other British official papers, as well as the personal library of Sir James Headlam Morley, historical adviser to the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference. The library has one of the most extensive collections of microfilms of American material in Britain and Ireland. It is particularly strong on the history of African- Americans, including slavery and Civil Rights and on the history of radicalism, both right and left-wing.

History staff and postgraduates work closely with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Linen Hall Library, Derry Central Library, and the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, all of which have extensive holdings. As well as Irish materials, the Public Record Office in Belfast has impressive manuscript collections of imperial and diplomatic figures. The library has extensive online holdings of journals and archives.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study. We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master's Degree with Distinction.

In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.

Additional information for International applicants may be found
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/apply/int...

English language requirements

In order to be admitted to research study at Ulster, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as part of your application.

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/apply/eng...

Duration

PhD Research
You can study for a PhD on a full (3 years) or part-time (6 years) basis and by the end of your programme, you will have produced a body of work that makes a contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

We have various routes to obtaining a PhD - for example, in some areas you can submit a practical element as part of your submission, such as a piece of art or a musical composition.

MPhil:
The MPhil programme is studied over a 2 year period on a full-time basis or 4 years on a part-time basis.

We would recommend that you contact one of our academic staff whose interests align with your own to discuss your intended research prior to submitting an application.

Careers or further progression

Careers and opportunities

PhD graduates are recognised by employers to hold valuable transferrable skills, as the nature of the degree trains candidates in creativity, critical inquiry, problem solving, negotiation skills, professionalism and confidence.

The most recent Ulster survey of PhD graduates found that 92% had secured employment within the first year since graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2015), and while two thirds end up in the Higher Education or Research sectors, the range of skills acquired equips the remainder for employment in a wide range of contexts.

Further enquiries

Contact supervisor
Professor Ian Thatcher
Telephone
+44 28 7012 3375

Email
id.thatcher@ulster.ac.uk

Comment

Research facilities and groups
Reserach Facilities
History seeks to provide its research students with the best possible facilities for their work. Postgraduate rooms are available on all campuses, with computer access including email and Internet. The University has a range of research materials. These include the files of major newspapers, such as the Times, New York Times, Irish Times, Guardian and some local papers. There is a good collection of the British cabinet papers and conclusions for the period 1916-1945 and other British official papers, as well as the personal library of Sir James Headlam Morley, historical adviser to the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference. The library has one of the most extensive collections of microfilms of American material in Britain and Ireland. It is particularly strong on the history of African- Americans, including slavery and Civil Rights and on the history of radicalism, both right and left-wing.

History staff and postgraduates work closely with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Linen Hall Library, Derry Central Library, and the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, all of which have extensive holdings. As well as Irish materials, the Public Record Office in Belfast has impressive manuscript collections of imperial and diplomatic figures. The library has extensive online holdings of journals and archives.

Application date

Apply

We are delighted that you are considering Ulster University for your research studies. Full details on the application process and further guidance on how to apply, and what you will need to upload as part of your application, is available at the link below.

Once you have identified supervisors, discussed a research proposal and are ready to make an application, please apply using the online application system.

Ulster University welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from persons with disabilities. It is University policy to assess all applications using academic criteria and on the basis of equality of opportunity and you should be assured that reasonable adjustments will be made should you require them.

Research areas

Staff research areas
Dr Gabriel Guarino
(Early Modern History)
The Spanish expansion and its socio-cultural influence in Europe and the Americas, with special emphasis on the viceregal courts of Italy and the New World; Cultural history of European princely courts; Civic rituals and political communication in early modern Europe.

Dr Kyle Hughes
(British and Irish History)
Kyle is a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland with research interests including the Scottish diaspora, the history of Belfast, the Irish in Britain, and crime, violence and protest. He has recently completed a book on Ribbonism in Ireland and Britain. His current research project explores the political and public life of the 1st Marquess of Aberdeen.

Dr Leanne McCormick
(Modern Irish Social History and Director of the Centre for the Study of History of Medicine in Ireland)
Recent projects have included a study of female sexuality, family planning, and abortion in 20th century Northern Ireland. She is currently working on a major AHRC-funded project on poverty, gender and Irish migration in North America.

Dr Robert McNamara
(Modern International History)
Recent projects have included Portuguese southern Agricathe White Redoubt in Southern Africa and the Great Powers 1960-1980.

Dr Ian Miller
(Modern British, Irish and Medical History)
Recent projects have explored post-Famine dietary change in Ireland and the force-feeding of 20th-century hunger strikers. Research interests cover 19th- and 20th-century Britain and Ireland, with a focus on medical and social history.

Dr Emmet O'Connor
(Irish History, Labour History)
Recent projects have included a new biography of Liverpool-Irish labour leader Jim Larkin. Interests are in Irish labour history, at home and transnationally.

Dr Andrew Sneddon
(British and Irish Social and Cultural History)
Research expertise includes 18th century Irish Legislative history; medicine, improvement and enlightenment in 18th century Ireland; the early modern Church of England and Ireland; the history of witchcraft and magic in early modern and modern Britain and Ireland; the history of the supernatural in modern Ireland, from fairy belief to ghosts and healing.

Professor Ian Thatcher
(Russian and East European History)
Recent projects have included a study of the Mezhraionka, and of the first Russian State Duma. He is currently researching the history of the Russian Provisional Government 1917.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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