Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

HSTHSTRP

MPhil/PhD History

The School’s academics are leading researchers, authors and editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage.

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years.

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

HSTHSTRP

Professor Louise Wilkinson - Professor of Medieval Studies

Professor Louise Wilkinson - Professor of Medieval Studies

Professor Wilkinson teaches medieval history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She leads the Medieval Studies Research Group and convenes its postgraduate reading group.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD History

Lincoln's History Mphil/PhD offers advanced research opportunities across a range of historical periods and areas. Research students can benefit from specialists in Roman history; medieval history; gender history; history and culture in the 19th Century, British political history and the history of science, medicine, and animal health

Research seminars aim to provide a stimulating environment in which to discuss and debate theoretical concepts with fellow students, scholars, and visiting academics. Strong links exist with the Schools of Film and Media, English and Journalism, and Fine and Performing Arts. An interdisciplinary research culture facilitates collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research where students work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period. Students are required to produce appropriate written work which will be submitted to their supervisors for feedback and to agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, a significant amount of time will be spent in independent study and research. Full-time students will meet with their academic supervisors once a month; part-time students will meet with their academic supervisors every other month.

Students are offered support in developing their research, writing and presentation skills by a range of initiatives and opportunities in Lincolns Doctoral School: https://doctoralschool.lincoln.ac.uk/

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • Roman and Byzantine history
  • Medieval ecclesiastical history
  • 20th Century British political history
  • History and culture in the 19th Century
  • Gender history
  • Urban history
  • Early modern science and medicine
  • Late antique and medieval Spain
  • Imperial history
  • 20th Century mass culture

How you are assessed

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of an 80,000 word thesis.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the students thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

Relevant Masters degree.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. Find out more: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Interviews

Applicants with appropriate projects will be offered an interview with the programme leader and a subject specialist where they can discuss the details of their research proposal.

How to Apply

New students are encouraged to enrol in October, February, or May to support their experience within the postgraduate research community.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with the supervisor on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities

A doctoral qualification can be the capstone of academic achievement and often marks the beginning of a career in academia or research.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Prioritising Face-to-Face Teaching

At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.

Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.