We specialise in the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of Britain, Europe, and the world from the Middle Ages to the present. We offer MA by Research, MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Research degrees 

We welcome applications for MA by Research, MPhil and PhD research degrees.  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 six to nine months from date of registration for full-time students. 

Research and supervision 

The School is one of the largest groups of historians in the UK. Supervision is available in British, European, Global, and Transnational history. More specifically, our research strengths include: British History; History of the Atlantic world(s); European History (in particular France, Italy, Germany, Russia, the Balkans and Central Europe); Imperial History and Cultural Diplomatic History; History of the Middle East; Landscape and Environmental History; History of South-Asian Japanese and Indian History; Local and Regional History; Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought. 

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 for Visual Arts 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 Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Oren Margolis, to discuss your proposal. 

Current PhD Opportunities

Arts and Humanities Graduate School


Research Supervisors