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School of History


As a student of Queen Mary, University of London you will form an integral part of our vibrant research community.

Our research culture has been helped by the creation of Research Centres, which run seminars, organise conferences and form an intellectual and social focus for our researchers, visitors and postgraduate students.

The School of History has forged new ways of studying religious cultures through the use of images, in defining contemporary British history, and in interpreting home and domestic life through history.

We are world leaders in the study of the history of political thought and in the history of the emotions.

Several of our members have secured awards for the development of international research networks, and we are partners in several international research exchanges.

As a student, you will be able to participate in these and broaden your networks, both academically and socially.


Success story: Dr Chris Millard

“During the second year of my PhD, I gained valuable teaching experience within the School of History which later enabled me to secure a teaching post at the University of Birmingham.

“Having submitted in under three years thanks to the support, guidance and submission workshops provided by the School, I was also given the opportunity to co-organise a public engagement project through the Centre for the History of the Emotions, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

“The School has also supported – and much enhanced – my application to the Wellcome Trust for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.”

Academic support

We nurture and support our students’ intellectual growth throughout their time with us in a number of different ways.

We strongly encourage you to pursue new avenues of research. Our historians, all experts within their field, will mentor you and appraise your work.

Financial support

Queen Mary also provides a generous research allowance, enabling you to travel to conferences, acquire new skills, and fund technical support for your research.

We are among the most successful History departments nationally in securing grants from prestigious bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust, the European Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy, the AHRC, and more.

Our administrative team provide help with funding applications.