Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

A research degree offers you the opportunity to acquire a highly advanced set of conceptual skills developed in the pursuit of new knowledge, which can be applied within or beyond an academic or scholarly context. Research training in any academic discipline helps to channel creativity into critical innovatory reasoning. The legitimate authority of original, independent research depends upon persuasive analytical arguments supported by critically evaluated evidence.

Course Modules

We provide a supportive context for research in the following areas: Ancient Greece and Roman social and cultural history; later Roman archaeology; late antiquity; history of medieval societies and cultures; British social, cultural and political history since 1400; French history since 1400; Italian history since 1500; the cultural history of early modern cities, especially London and Venice; the history of ideas from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries; Russian history since 1800; nineteenth' and twentieth'century American social and cultural history; Balkan history and the history of the Ottoman Empire and its successor states; West and Southern Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the history of Japan and East Asia; the history of science, medicine and psychoanalysis in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the cultural history of death, warfare, race, gender and sexuality.

Course Additional Entry

Good Honours degree in a historical subject. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
MPhil £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
MPhil £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £11,475  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £3,840  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 7 years
Part Time
PhD £2,020  Academic year. First year home fees