PhD funding opportunities & introducing the new Exeter History MA by Research degree

Interested in advanced studies in imperial and global history at the University of Exeter?

Please find a list of a variety of PhD funding opportunities below, as well as information about our new MA by research degree.

PhD funding

AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership  Closing date for applications – 11 January 2018.

Up to 60 scholarships available across the consortium in all subject areas. Please remember that students will for preference be supervised across two institutions within the DTP, unless there is a compelling reason to be located at one institution (the DTP = Exeter, Bristol, Reading, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, and Southampton).

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Partnership – +3 or 1+3 Doctoral Studentship – Economic and Social History (including projects with quantitative or strongly social science methodologies). Closing deadline – noon on 30 January 2018.

Wellcome Doctoral Studentships, covering Medical History. These awards are open to Home, EU or International students. The deadline for applications is the 29 March 2018 but applicants require departmental support to apply  so please contact about applying before February 2018.

Further information about funding for students from particular countries and the University’s Sanctuary Scholarship for refugees and individuals seeking asylum can be found here:

new MA by Research degree

Also, to complement our taught MA in History degree programme, the History Department is now offering a new MA by Research (Streatham), which is now open for applications to start study in January 2018.  This joins the pre-existing MA by Research in History (Penryn).

The MA by Research is examined by a 40,000-word written dissertation based on original research. Following University guidance and student loan regulations, the MA by Research is now accredited as a 2 year degree (3 years part-time) but students can submit earlier  (i.e. do it as a one year degree). The programme can be pursued part-time and by distance-learning.

It is intended both as a degree in its own right, and can also act as a progression route for transfer onto the MPhil/PhD programme for students who make strong progress in the first six months and wish to pursue a PhD.

Unlike the MA in History, the MA by Research is accredited as a research degree rather than a taught programme.

Entry requirements are: 2.1 Honours degree in History or a related degree, with a min 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Students with degrees in related subjects will be considered on an individual basis. Normal standards of English proficiency apply for international students. Applicants must submit a 1000-word research proposal.

Further information about the new MA by Research history degree can be found here.

Please direct all enquiries  to the History Department’s Director of Postgraduate Research Dr Stacey Hynd (