History Research


MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU/NUS


Part Time, Full Time

Arts & Humanities graduate class
The History Department at King’s, is one of the top 10 history departments in Europe (QS rankings 2014) and our aim is to provide outstanding training and supervision in most branches of medieval, early modern and modern history to prepare students for careers in the academy and outside it. It has received the highest ratings for research in the RAE/REF since 1992. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the world-class standard of research undertaken in the School of Arts & Humanities and its leading international reputation. The Department of History is ranked 7th in the UK and 2nd in the Russell Group of universities according the framework's "power" metric, which takes into account both the quantity and quality of research activity.

You will be supervised by leading figures in your field, and participate in a lively and supportive historical research culture within the department (which has around 40 staff and 80 PhD students), and the wider London historical community, notably with our partners within the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, UCL and the School of Advanced Study (which includes the Institute for Historical Research). London also has quite outstanding library and archival resources for most historical specialisms, covering most of the world. We offer specialist supervision in many areas, including from the medieval to the modern periods, covering in each period, British and Irish, European, and Global and Imperial History, as well as the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

The Department receives major research grants from the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Wellcome Trust. Students work in projects including cooperative ones with museums and other organisations and participate in exchanges and visits with many partner organisations including the University of North Carolina and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Head of group/division
Dr Adam Sutcliffe
Awarding institution
King's College London/King's and HKU/NUS for joint programme
Expected to be: MPhil minimum two years FT, three years PT; PhD minimum three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.
Strand Campus.
Student destinations
Our students go on to careers in academia, teaching, the civil service and the public sector.
Year of entry 2016
Offered by
Maughan Library