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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN-21, FEB-21, MAR-21, APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The first principal of King’s College – Hector Boece – was a historian, and today’s History Department has been thriving since its foundation in 1898.

It is part of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy and has close interdisciplinary cooperation with Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Computing Sciences and Medicine subjects in the University. Our students come from all over the world to explore Scottish, European and World History of all periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.

Areas of study include Scottish and European History, Global History, Scandinavian History and Culture, Early Modern and Medieval Europe, Poland-Lithuania, Enlightenment Studies, the History of Ideas, Religion, Philosophy and Science – all led by supervisors who are scholars with an international reputation in their field.

Founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495, the University holds excellent library resources and rich archival materials for historians to exploit, including the archives of the Catholic Church in Scotland, archives on the social and cultural history of the North-East of Scotland, the history of science, and many collections on the history of Scotland in its European context. Aberdeen provides a unique research environment for doctoral students, with opportunities for postgraduate training and a lively research seminar culture.

Historians' skills are needed for any profession that values quick and critical thinking, detailed analysis, close reading, the art of comparison and testing concepts through practical case studies. History graduates have made careers in politics, become prime ministers (Gordon Brown) and chancellors (Alastair Darling), but also gone into banking, the law, journalism and media.

A postgraduate history degree offers numerous possibilities, including university teaching and research posts; curatorial work; academic administration; freelance writing and broadcasting; teaching in Scotland, Europe and North America.

Please note that part-time study is not available for resident international students. The PhD may be conducted, full-time or part-time, by distance learning, which carries no residency requirement.

The PhD at the University of Aberdeen is a research degree. Research degrees are defined by the student’s own research proposal, on which the student will write a thesis. Research students read on their own research topic and work closely with their supervisors to define their research and write a thesis. They also attend regular research seminars, are provided with opportunities to attend conferences and for some postgraduates, there are opportunities to gain undergraduate teaching experience.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 93 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    172 83%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%



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