School of History


The School of History is a thriving postgraduate research community and we welcome enquiries and applications from potential doctoral students.

This page provides useful information about admissions requirements, how to prepare your PhD application and how to apply.

We are holding an open evening 4.30-7pm on 7 November 2018, which we invite all prospective applicants to attend. Advance registration is required on the Queen Mary Website.

Preparing your PhD application

Choosing a supervisor

Before you make a formal application, you will need to identify a prospective supervisor among the School’s academic staff. The subjects covered by our academic staff are listed on our website, and you can find out more about the research interests of prospective supervisors on their individual staff pages.

Your potential supervisor will be able to help you to refine your research proposal and application and guide you to the relevant primary sources and secondary literature.

Writing a research proposal

Your research proposal forms a vital part of your application. Its quality, originality and feasibility will all be judged in the entry process and if you are applying for studentship funding. 

To assist you, we have compiled a short guide to writing your research application.

Application process

All applications for research degrees are made online.

Queen Mary’s Research Degrees Office administers the admissions process to the PhD programme.

You will be asked to provide:

  • an academic CV
  • a detailed research proposal, not exceeding 1,500 words.
  • a personal statement explaining why you would like to pursue a research degree (this should be no longer than 1 page of A4), discussing personal trajectory, motive for studying a PhD and your fit with the School of History at Queen Mary University of London.
  • two references.
  • proof of language proficiency (for international applicants).

Visit the Queen Mary website to apply online.

Admissions Requirements

Our usual requirement for entry onto the PhD programme is a strong first degree (B.A. Hons 2.1 or above) with a Merit or Distinction at Masters level (M.A. grade can be predicted at time of application but must be confirmed before enrolment).

We accept equivalent international qualifications.

We also welcome applications from students with unconventional educational backgrounds.

Please contact us for advice on your application:

Scholarships and Funding 

PhD applicants to the School of History are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships. Queen Mary also offers successful applicants the opportunity to apply for additional funding on arrival. Please see our Scholarships and Funding page for more information on these opportunities.

Please note that, if you are applying for a studentship, applications must be received by the funder deadline. Deadlines are listed on the Scholarships and Funding page and usually fall in December and January.