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26 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 Oradea
Oradea , Romania

The University of Oradea offers the opportunity to continue academic studies at the doctoral level in 18 fields, namely: Philology, Theology, Geography, History, Sociology, Me ... +

The University of Oradea offers the opportunity to continue academic studies at the doctoral level in 18 fields, namely: Philology, Theology, Geography, History, Sociology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biology, Economics, Business Administration, Finance, Agronomy, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Engineering and Management, Mathematics, Electronic Engineering Telecommunications and Information Technologies. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Apr 2021
26 Jul 2021
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
 
“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
Rumenian, English
Campus
 

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North Dakota State University - Graduate School
Fargo , USA

The graduate program in history at North Dakota State University has offered a master's degree since the Graduate School was founded in 1954 and a Ph.D. in History since 2002.

The graduate program in history at North Dakota State University has offered a master's degree since the Graduate School was founded in 1954 and a Ph.D. in History since 2002. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 5 years
English
Aug 2021
01 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun , Hong Kong

The Department of History at Lingnan currently has seven full-time faculty members, and their research areas cover the whole span of Chinese history, history of Hong Kong, mod ... +

The Department of History at Lingnan currently has seven full-time faculty members, and their research areas cover the whole span of Chinese history, history of Hong Kong, modern British and European history, and American history. The Department is particularly interested in recruiting students who are interested in global and transnational history. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
01 Dec 2020
Campus
 
University of Pardubice
Pardubice , Czech Republic

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

History Ph.D. 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 specialized 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
Oct 2020
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
Oct 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 - 4 years
English
Nov 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
 
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 involve the possession of MSc or MA degree (Mgr). -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Jan 2021
30 Oct 2020
Campus
 
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
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague , Czech Republic

Graduates of the doctoral program in Asian History and Culture are highly qualified specialists in the area of their specialization. Their excellent command of a selected Asia ... +

Graduates of the doctoral program in Asian History and Culture are highly qualified specialists in the area of their specialization. Their excellent command of a selected Asian language enables them to work critically with primary sources, and they have a solid grounding in secondary literature and contemporary research. Their excellent level of erudition enables them to pursue careers in the academia (universities, research centers, etc.); they can, moreover, seek employment in cultural institutions, diplomacy, mass media, specialized think-tanks, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 6 , Czech Republic

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations ... +

The main topics of historical sociology lie in questions of social change, modernization, modernization processes, civilizational analysis, the formation of states and nations, the formation of the world system, and globalization trends. These questions are studied from an extensive comparative analysis involving a wide geographical perspective and long-time intervals. Part of the field of historical sociology comprises a number of partial, specific research areas, which include issues such as collective mentalities, habits and social memory. Historical sociology is a very diverse and internally differentiated discipline that has general theoretical approaches, a number of special theories, a variety of specialized research directions, and develops research at an empirical level. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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