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40 PhD Programs in History

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are” (David C. McCullough). Many agree that to understand our present and what may happen in the future, we must understand our past. A History PhD prepares candidates to be educators of the next generation, researchers, analysts, and writers in different sectors such as government, pub… Read more

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are” (David C. McCullough). Many agree that to understand our present and what may happen in the future, we must understand our past. A History PhD prepares candidates to be educators of the next generation, researchers, analysts, and writers in different sectors such as government, public and private agencies.

History PhD programs offer emphasis in areas such as social and cultural history, history of gender and sexuality, diplomatic history, history of medicine, history of imperialism and post-colonialism, and ethnic history, among many others. Depending on the university, candidates for History PhD programs will earn their degree through coursework, teaching, and research toward a dissertation or thesis. Some History PhD programs allow candidates to develop a minor area of focus that is cross-national and cross-disciplinary fields.

Take a look at the programs below and find the History PhD that fits what you have been searching for!

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Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Saint Petersburg, Russia

The program is aimed at students who want to acquire knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological aspects of political science and the ability to reasona ... +

The program is aimed at students who want to acquire knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, and methodological aspects of political science and the ability to reasonably and effectively apply existing research and conduct new research on the formation and development of political processes. The students will gain experience and knowledge of research and teaching activities in the field of political science, regional studies, and social sciences. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Russian
01 Oct 2023
01 Aug 2023
Campus
 
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK)
Prague, Czech Republic

The Doctoral Program in Modern History presents its Ph.D. students with the possibility of undertaking original research on topics dealing with Europe and North America in the ... +

The Doctoral Program in Modern History presents its Ph.D. students with the possibility of undertaking original research on topics dealing with Europe and North America in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, as well as relationships between the two continents. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Lugo, Spain

The aim of this program is to address in an interdisciplinary way, on the one hand basic research on cultural theory, and on the other, sociocultural research applied to conte ... +

The aim of this program is to address in an interdisciplinary way, on the one hand basic research on cultural theory, and on the other, sociocultural research applied to contemporary globality, among which the relationships between memories, landscapes, migrations, identities, rights stand out. human, cultural creations and movements, these issues being approached from interdisciplinary perspectives that bring together researchers from the fields: Social and Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Human Geography, History, History of the Arts, Linguistics and Sociology. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Campus
 

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“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia, Romania

Program Description The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral ... +

Program Description The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university studies within the University "December 1, 1918" of Alba Iulia, with attributions in managing the activity of the doctoral students and in promoting the research activity specific to this cycle of academic training. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Rumenian, English
Campus
 
University of Public Service
Budapest, Hungary +1 More

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences has a wide spectrum of research fields: Security Studies, Social Aspects of Defence Studies, General Military Theory, Theories of Mili ... +

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences has a wide spectrum of research fields: Security Studies, Social Aspects of Defence Studies, General Military Theory, Theories of Military Science, Defence Logistics and Defence Economics, National Security and Theory of Defence Information Technology and Communication. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Campus
 
University of Latvia
Riga, Latvia

The aim of the joint doctoral study program “History and Archeology” of the University of Latvia and Daugavpils University is to ensure the succession of historical science, t ... +

The aim of the joint doctoral study program “History and Archeology” of the University of Latvia and Daugavpils University is to ensure the succession of historical science, training of leading staff of scientific, higher education and cultural institutions who have the competence to raise and solve the most important problems of modern history, in a broader sense, it means participation in the formation of the intellectual elite, as well as the ability to influence the development of the direction and priorities of national historical science. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Lisbon, Portugal

The Ph.D. Economic and Social History was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to the European Higher Education Area in 2009. This 3rd cycle c ... +

The Ph.D. Economic and Social History was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to the European Higher Education Area in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to teach and produce original research in the eld of Economic History. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese
Campus
 
North Dakota State University - Graduate School
Fargo, USA

The graduate program in history at North Dakota State University offers a Master's degree and Ph.D.

The graduate program in history at North Dakota State University offers a Master's degree and Ph.D. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
Campus
 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The Ph.D. in History of the Ideas degree program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to conduct advanced research and to teach at the college level, but it is open ... +

The Ph.D. in History of the Ideas degree program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to conduct advanced research and to teach at the college level, but it is open to qualified candidates who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills. Students concentrate on the study of philosophy and intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on modern Europe and America. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Boston College
Boston, USA

The Ph.D. degree in history is offered with concentrations in Medieval History, Early Modern European History, Modern European History, American History, and Latin American Hi ... +

The Ph.D. degree in history is offered with concentrations in Medieval History, Early Modern European History, Modern European History, American History, and Latin American History. The department also offers coursework in Middle Eastern History and Asian History. -
PhD
Full-time
5 years
English
Aug 2023
02 Jan 2023
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

This programme is identified with the art and concepts of war from the beginning of recorded history until today. The candidate who develops a thesis in this particular milita ... +

This programme is identified with the art and concepts of war from the beginning of recorded history until today. The candidate who develops a thesis in this particular military field should be able to develop original concepts to provide an understanding of the interrelationships between the political, strategic, operational, tactical and technical levels of warfare in the past, focusing on the application of these same principles to contemporary battlefields. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
University of Texas Arlington
Arlington, USA

Our Ph.D. program specializes in transatlantic, transnational, and global approaches to history. Our award-winning faculty teach graduate courses that cover a wide variety of ... +

Our Ph.D. program specializes in transatlantic, transnational, and global approaches to history. Our award-winning faculty teach graduate courses that cover a wide variety of topics and geographic areas, with a particular focus on the United States, Europe, and Latin America, as well as borderlands, transatlantic, and transnational history. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2023
15 Mar 2023
Campus