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The School of History at UEA specialises in the political, social and cultural history of Britain and Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. We offer MA by Research, MPhil and PhD research degrees.

The School is one of the largest groups of historians in the UK. 99% of research within the School of History is internationally recognised, with 77% rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. In the Times Higher Education Supplement (1 January 2015) History at UEA ranked third best in the UK, after Oxford and Cambridge.  

Research degrees

We welcome applications for MA by Research, MPhil and PhD research degrees.  From 1 October 2015, the status of new postgraduate research candidates on PhD, MPhil, or Master's by Research programmes will be probationary until the candidate has undertaken and passed a formal assessment during their first year of study, known as the Probation Review.  This review takes place around 6-9 months from date of registration for full-time students.

 Research and supervision

Supervision is available in a wide range of research areas, with particular strengths in medieval history, early modern Britain, modern Europe, modern Europe, modern British and international history, landscape and environmental history and local and regional history.

Research culture

More than 80,000 historical monographs and 250 specialist journals are available in the University Library; special collections available on campus include: British Parliamentary Papers, the Library of American Civilisation, the Holloway Collection of Contemporary Cultural Records, the East Anglian Film Archive, the Zuckerman Archive, and extensive holdings in modern European (especially German and Russian) history. Library resources include access to the Times Digital Archive and Early English Books On-Line. The slide and photographic library in the School of World Art and Museology and the riches of the Sainsbury Centre are open to all our postgraduates. The Norfolk Record Office is home to one of the richest and most extensive archive collections in England. In addition, we have special access to the archives and library of the History of Advertising Trust.

The School has a track record of success with organisations such as the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, English Heritage, the Leverhulme Trust, Suffolk Education Authority, Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust and the Norwich Town Close Charity. Many of our projects are funded by UEA, too. Initiatives of this kind have enormous benefit for graduate students, who are involved at the cutting edge of new research, and have the opportunity to work alongside recognised authorities in their fields.

Enquiries and how to apply

We welcome enquiries from prospective students. Please contact individual academics or the School's PGR Director, to discuss your proposal.

For admissions enquiries and general information contact the PGR Office:

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591709
Email:  or Matthew D'Auria (HIS - Staff)

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