We have a tradition of producing creative and innovative research both within and across disciplines that reaches out into the world at large. Ensuring that work in the humanities is original, relevant and dynamic depends on you – the new generation of scholars and thinkers. 

You would be joining a Graduate School which was founded in 2010, and benefits from the energy of its founding students. The School offers a range of training opportunities designed to support you from the beginning to the end of your thesis, from beginner to advanced researcher, often in the company of students from other disciplines across the Faculty. We are also host to a wealth of student-led seminars, reading groups, symposia and conferences, as well as our Interdisciplinary Seminar. We look forward to meeting you at some of these events, and in the meantime warmly wish you well with your research.


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Types of Research Degrees

We welcome applications for research degrees at three levels:

  • Master of Arts by Research (MAR) - EXCLUDING Philosophy (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language & Communication Studies)

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The period of study for full-time students is 1 year for Masters by Research, 2 years for MPhil and 3 years for PhD. For part-time students, the periods of study are 2, 4 and 6 years respectively. In all cases the period of study is followed by a one year, registration-only period for the writing up of the thesis.

Applications for Postgraduate research programmes should be submitted with supporting documentation through our online application system.


It is normally expected that students wishing to pursue doctoral research will hold a relevant MA.
To find out more about the current AHRC, SeNSS and University studentships see our Studentships.


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Postgraduate Research Opportunities