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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.

The Course

Lincoln’s History Mphil/PhD offers advanced research opportunities in the subject of History. Research students can benefit from academic expertise in Roman, Byzantine and medieval history; gender history; history and culture in the 19th Century; and British political history.

Students have access to support and training which aim to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at doctoral level.

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.

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
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. Students will meet with their academic supervisor, however the regularity of these meetings will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and the stage of the programme.

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 student’s 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.

Enrolment Dates\t

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.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £14,100 £7,050

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£12,100 £6,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,037 £2,037

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £13,700 £6,850

International 
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***

£11,700 £5,850
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £1,997 £1,997

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

 

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Relevant Master’s 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. 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.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Jim Cheshire

Academic Contact


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

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


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University has spent £200 million on its award-winning campus, with further expenditure of £130 million planned over the next ten years.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, alongside databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


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.