25 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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University of Pardubice
Pardubice II, Czech Republic

History PhD students undertake scientific research and become independent and creative specialists in the field. Graduates will be able to present and defend the outcomes of t ... +

History PhD students undertake scientific research and become independent and creative specialists in the field. Graduates will be able to present and defend the outcomes of their research in the local and international scientific community. Graduates are able to state objectives and choose methods of their own research work and are able to formulate original scientific and research projects. Graduates communicate actively in at least two languages within their field, they publish articles in specialised publications, and they are able to present their research in lectures. Graduates work as highly qualified specialists in scientific and research institutions (universities, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, museums, archives, etc.) or in spheres where their education and experience are valuable (state administration, politics, diplomacy, cultural and educational institutions, preservation, etc.). -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
October 2020
31 May 2020
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

The History Department contains three clusters of expertise for postgraduate studies: 1) Hong Kong and South China (R.L. Davis, Grace Chou, C.P. Lau, Shuk-Wah Poon); 2) Atlant ... +

The History Department contains three clusters of expertise for postgraduate studies: 1) Hong Kong and South China (R.L. Davis, Grace Chou, C.P. Lau, Shuk-Wah Poon); 2) Atlantic History -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
Campus
 
University of Trieste
Trieste, Italy

The general educational aim of the “History of Societies, Institutions, and Thought. From Medieval to Contemporary History” doctorate is uniform for all curricula, even though ... +

The general educational aim of the “History of Societies, Institutions, and Thought. From Medieval to Contemporary History” doctorate is uniform for all curricula, even though differing themes and perspectives are explored depending on the specific area of interest. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Lucca, Italy

One of the four field-specific tracks is Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage, which is under the “Cognitive and Cultural Systems” PhD Program.

One of the four field-specific tracks is Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage, which is under the “Cognitive and Cultural Systems” PhD Program. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
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
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The SOAS History Department is one of the world’s major centres offering supervision for research degrees in African and Asian history. It attracts students and scholarly visi ... +

The SOAS History Department is one of the world’s major centres offering supervision for research degrees in African and Asian history. It attracts students and scholarly visitors from all parts of the world. The Department provides opportunities for well-qualified applicants to join large groups of students and staff working in or around their specialist fields of history. The unique combination of individual supervision, taught courses and seminars ensure that the large majority of students complete their degrees within four years. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management
Lisbon, Portugal

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

The PhD Economic and Social History was established by the Technical University of Lisbon in 1991 and adapted to European Higher Education Area in 2009. This 3rd cycle course aims to .... -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese
September 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The purpose of the thesis is to do thorough research, using both primary and secondary sources in order to make an original contribution to knowledge in Historical Studies. A ... +

The purpose of the thesis is to do thorough research, using both primary and secondary sources in order to make an original contribution to knowledge in Historical Studies. A topic is selected in consultation with the lecturer. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague, Czech Republic

Philosophy of science investigates the principles of rational understanding to animate as well as inanimate nature. The scientific knowledge has period specific nature charact ... +

Philosophy of science investigates the principles of rational understanding to animate as well as inanimate nature. The scientific knowledge has period specific nature characterized by the noun paradigm. The history of science represents the merger of scientific and other cultural influences. Historical development of a particular scientific branch provides the specific depiction of a paradigm under investigation. „Philosophy and History of Science“ is primary accessible to graduates of the Faculty of Sciences and Philosophical Faculty; entrance requirements involves the possession of MSc or MA degree (Mgr). -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

The Ph.D. graduate has in-depth theoretical knowledge in all principal fields of Egyptology and a detailed overview and an up-to-date understanding of the current state of res ... +

The Ph.D. graduate has in-depth theoretical knowledge in all principal fields of Egyptology and a detailed overview and an up-to-date understanding of the current state of research and associated problems. On the basis of the upheld Ph.D. dissertation, he/she is able to demonstrate exceptional quality in his/her specific specialization. The scholarly, language and analytical proficiency and skills of the graduate make him/her fully equipped for a professional scholarly and pedagogic pursuit on an international level. The Ph.D. graduate may be employed in many top-rated institutions centered on the study of antiquity, as well as on the level of effective top executives in institutions partaking in cultural, political, economic or trade relations between the Czech Republic and Egypt. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Education
Prague, Czech Republic

The aim of doctoral studies is to prepare qualified researchers in the field of Czech and Czechoslovak history, who will become the mainstay of further historical research. Th ... +

The aim of doctoral studies is to prepare qualified researchers in the field of Czech and Czechoslovak history, who will become the mainstay of further historical research. The studies develop special knowledge of doctoral students and provide them with a deeper understanding of the chosen specialization. Via lectures and seminars, doctoral students get acquainted with the latest knowledge of historical science as well as current trends in methodology. The focus of doctoral studies lies in presenting written dissertation thesis of original scholarly work based on the original source base. Ph.D. thesis should extend previous research findings, and doctoral students also demonstrated the ability to handle the topic with adequate methods and at the international level. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The field of study European Cultural History represents theoretically and methodically well-trained, empirically well-established experts in the history of Europe and especial ... +

The field of study European Cultural History represents theoretically and methodically well-trained, empirically well-established experts in the history of Europe and especially of the Bohemian lands in the 20th century. In connection with the Magister study programs European Cultural and Intellectual History and Oral History, the possible dissertation topics focus primarily on the cultural, social, intellectual, but also on the political and everyday history of Europe since the end of the First World War as well on the complexly understood history of Czechoslovakia and the Bohemian countries in the European context. Graduates in this field can eventually serve as academic staff in a wide range of historically oriented subjects, as well as opening up career opportunities in government administration, the public sector (governmental and non-governmental organizations) and the media. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidad de La Laguna
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

The Atlantic Islands PhD program: History, Heritage and Institutional-Legal Framework is a multidisciplinary research training proposal, offered by the universities of the Mac ... +

The Atlantic Islands PhD program: History, Heritage and Institutional-Legal Framework is a multidisciplinary research training proposal, offered by the universities of the Macaronesian Region that aims to affirm the scientific validity of island studies and, especially, those of the archipelagos of the middle Atlantic, according to their historical, cultural, patrimonial and legal specificities, understood as a shared island world. Although professors belonging to the "Legal-institutional framework" line at the Universidad de La Laguna participate in the offer of the other three universities of the Program, the training offer includes only the first and second lines of the program. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
Spanish, Portuguese
September 2020
Campus
 
LUISS PhD programs
Rome, Italy

The Ph.D. Program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Global Politics (CEGP), since 2004, is aimed to offer an interdiscipli ... +

The Ph.D. Program in Politics: History, Theory, Science, in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Global Politics (CEGP), since 2004, is aimed to offer an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary global political studies. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
The University of Edinburgh - The School of History, Classics & Archaeology
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The PhD in Scottish History offers you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s past at an advanced level through independent research. The University of Edinburgh has one of the ... +

The PhD in Scottish History offers you the opportunity to explore Scotland’s past at an advanced level through independent research. The University of Edinburgh has one of the largest concentrations of scholars interested in the Scottish past. Our research expertise in Scottish history within the School ranges from late medieval kingship and saints’ cults to the Reformation, the witch hunt, government and finance, the Highlands in all periods, Scotland’s diaspora and external relations and its place in the Union. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus