School of History


Pursuing a PhD is a personal journey, which is possible with good preparation and support.

Our PhD students benefit from the collaborative environment we foster at Queen Mary – nurturing individual projects and encouraging ambition, both within the school and the wider research community.

This page outlines our training programme and other sources of training available to PhD students.

Our Training Programme

The School of History’s PhD Training Programme is presented in fortnightly sessions.

These sessions will provide you with guidance on aspects of historical research, advice on public speaking, preparation for teaching, and introduction to aspects of academic life.

They will also provide valuable help and training towards submission and the oral examination.

Other sources of training

Training facilities at Queen Mary

Alongside the School of History PhD Training Programme, students can also benefit from involvement in the History Research Forum(link is external).

The forum is run by PhD students for PhD students – it offers the opportunity to present work, hear invited speakers, network and socialise.

Queen Mary’s Learning Institute offers a vast range of training courses on all aspects of IT, writing, time management, teaching, and the planning of research. These are available to all our PhD students and fit effectively with the training offered by the School.

Training facilities in London

One of the many benefits of undertaking your PhD in London is the Institute of Historical Research(link is external).

They hold weekly research seminars(link is external) covering a huge range of eras, topics and themes. We encourage all students to take part in these.

You are also able to access invaluable training from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership(link is external) (LAHP) and Vitae(link is external). These are an excellent resource for both training and also networking with PhD students and academics from across the country.