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AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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International research reputation

More than two-thirds of our research was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the REF 2014. Our pattern of appointments has deliberately brought together scholars with a wide range of approaches and fields in early-modern, modern and contemporary history.

We offer programmes that reflect our strengths in social and cultural history, and have particular expertise in the following geographical areas: Britain (including local and regional history), Europe, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Southern Africa, China, and Britain's Asian empire.

A variety of scholarships and funding for postgraduate study is available.

What our students say

In this video, MA History student, Elijah Bell explains why he choose to undertake postgraduate study at Essex.

Active research community

We have a large and committed postgraduate community that actively contributes to our research profile. We provide excellent research training and careful supervision based on excellent staff-student relationships.

We run a regular programme of seminars and conferences that allow you to broaden your experience beyond your study and to contribute to ongoing debates in our Department. Our students also organise our annual postgraduate and early career historians conference which attracts speakers from across the UK and abroad and provides opportunities for you to present your research.

You can listen to examples of recent research seminars on Soundcloud:

Research resources

  • The Albert Sloman Library has excellent collections in British and European modern history, and its holdings in the areas of Latin America, Russia and the US are of national importance.
  • The Library's Special Collection has a number of collections of interest to historical research, including the libraries of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, and of the Royal Historical Society.
  • The History Data Service is based in the UK Data Archive at our Colchester Campus.

Our research

History books on a library shelf

Our commitment to groundbreaking historical investigation is reflected in more than two-thirds of our research being rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented postgraduates, from Department of History MA Scholarships to PhD studentships and awards for research in specialist areas such as local history.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.

PG events

Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.