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“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.

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“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia

The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university stud ... [+]

PhDs in History. Mission

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. .

The Doctoral School aims to promote and achieve excellence in fundamental and applied research, aims to enhance the quality of university preparation, as well as to conclude partnerships in interdisciplinary research activities, at national and international level.... [-]

Romania Alba Iulia
October 2019
Full-time
Campus
Gratz College

The Doctor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College is designed for students already holding a graduate degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, or an ... [+]

Program Overview

The Doctor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gratz College is designed for students already holding a graduate degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, or another related discipline. Doctoral students will engage in a meta-study of genocide to understand the phenomenon from a comprehensive range of academic approaches—historical, sociological, geographical, psychological, legal, theological and scientific—to inform their dissertations while reviewing the significant literature and conducting in-depth original research in the field.

Curriculum Map

Total Degree = 48 credits

Required Core Courses = 21 credits

Unveiling the Underpinnings of Genocide Gender and Genocide II Genocide in the Modern World Genocide and International Law A Geographical Approach to the Study of the Holocaust The Psychology and Sociology of Altruism and Rescue Post-Genocide Theology ... [-]
USA Philadelphia
September 2019
Full-time
5 years
Online & Campus Combined
IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

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

2019/20 PhD Programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Deadline for applications – April 23rd 2019, 12 pm CEST

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/20 PhD Programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (www.imtlucca.it), one of the six Schools of Excellence in Italy and one of the highest rated graduate schools in Europe according to the most recent U-Multirank survey.Highly motivated candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply for one of the 32 fully-funded scholarships within two doctoral Programs that integrate scientific competences of economics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience and behavioral psychology, physics, applied mathematics, statistics, history and sciences of cultural heritage.... [-]

Italy Lucca
October 2019
Full-time
3 - 4 years
Campus
University of Trieste

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

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.

The doctorate intends to train scholars able to identify broad scientific problems of historical or philosophical nature; plan and carry out studies organically connected to the chosen area of research, identify and make competent use of necessary sources or critically analyze data, texts, themes, concepts and methods; identify and make use of an international bibliography; organize and present the material they have gathered and composed a scientific text. The program focuses on an interdisciplinary approach based on a global, diachronic and comparative perspective.... [-]

Italy Trieste
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Boston College

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

Welcome to Graduate History at Boston College

Boston College’s graduate programs in history attract talented students from around the world. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. programs with training in a number of regional and thematic specialties; British, medieval, U.S. and modern European history have long been strengths of the department. Emerging areas of faculty expertise and graduate student interest include South Asian, East Asian and Latin American history. In addition, the department trains in a range of comparative and transnational areas, with a particular interest in the history of religion, empires and legacies, the Atlantic world, urban history, and transnational history.

The Department of History welcomes a small class of new graduate students each September; our program’s size ensures individualized attention and considerable flexibility in designing one’s plan of study. All Ph.D. students are guaranteed funding through their fifth year in the program, assuming successful completion of requirements. Graduate students gain experience teaching in the two-semester core history sequence, first as teaching assistants and later as teaching fellows in charge of their own classes. Faculty and graduate students come together regularly for conversations about the craft of teaching history.... [-]

USA Boston
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management

The Ph.D. 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 ... [+]

Ph.D. in Economic and Social History

The Ph.D. 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 provide high-quality academic training in economic history and produce original research in this field.

The course aims to prepare professionals with high capacity of interpretation and response to economic and social changes in the long run and to the interaction between chronological, geographical and social aspects of those changes.

The research undertaken in ISEG’s research centers – namely GHES – Social and Economic History Research Centre – provide important support for students in this program. This center and the other research centers in ISEG, which have been also evaluated as very good or excellent, are the host centers for the Ph.D. Economic and Social History students.... [-]

Portugal Lisbon
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Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of Johannesburg

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 Studie ... [+]

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.

Admission requirements

To gain entrance into this programme, the candidate must have an MA in Historical Studies or a closely related discipline.

Contact details

Name: Prof Louis Grundlingh Tel: 011 559 2007 / Email: louisg@uj.ac.za

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Lingnan University

Among the senior faculty, our Chair Professor, Richard Davis, specializes in middle-period China (Five Dynasties to Song period). His publications touch upon cultural his ... [+]

PhD in History

Normal Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

The Department of History at Lingnan currently has ten full-time faculty members, and their research areas cover pre-modern and modern Chinese history, history of Hong Kong, modern British and European history, history of Russia and Central Asia, and American history. The Department is particularly interested in recruiting students who are interested in transnational history.

Professor Liu William Guanglin’s research focuses on Chinese economic history, political economy of late Imperial China, Chinese military history, Neo-Confucianism and the market economy in a historical perspective.

Professor Lau Chi-pang is a specialist of Hong Kong History, Ming and Qing China, Modern China, Chinese Intellectual History.... [-]

Hong Kong Tuen Mun
September 2019
Full-time
30 - 72 months
Campus
National University of Public Service

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences focuses on the questions of military science regarding the activities of the defense sphere. This includes a wide spectrum of res ... [+]

Overview

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences focuses on the questions of military science regarding the activities of the defense sphere. This includes a wide spectrum of research fields from military history through security theories, defense administration to national security.

Although the doctoral programme of the School is primarily based on certain accredited MSc programmes of the National University of Public Service, the law on higher education allows the admission of graduates of other universities and with a scientific background related to military sciences.

The Doctoral School of Military Sciences focuses on 7 areas of research:... [-]

Hungary Budapest
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 semesters
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Arts

Graduates have a sound knowledge of current trends in the field and are able to adopt a creative approach to relevant source material. Graduates are equipped to work with ... [+]

Graduates have a sound knowledge of current trends in the field and are able to adopt a creative approach to relevant source material. Graduates are equipped to work with original Latin documents, i.e. literary and diplomatic manuscripts, incunabula, paleotypes and old prints, being able to interpret and prepare them for publication and translation. Having been trained in philology and literary history and acquired the foundations of relevant historical disciplines (codicology, palaeography, diplomatic) and of cultural history, graduates are equipped to place mediaeval and early modern works into the context of their time and also to interpret them as a factor influencing the culture and society of subsequent eras.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Online & Campus Combined
LUISS PhD programs

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 interdis ... [+]

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. The faculty includes both Italian and international professors. The program has enrolled more 30 students in the last three years, with more than fifty percent of foreign students. Recently the program has been enriched by the collaboration of the International Center on Democracies and Democratizations (ICEDD) and the Italian Center for Electoral Studies - Centro Italiano Studi Elettorali (CISE).

Areas of study philosophy and political theory (ethics and applied philosophy, political and social philosophy, ethics of international relations and human rights theories) political science, with particular reference to democracy and democratization, electoral studies, globalization, international relations and international political economy epistemology, methodology of research, quantitative methods history of politics, international relations, institutions, political ideas of the XIX and XX centuries ... [-]
Italy Rome
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
The University of Edinburgh - The School of History, Classics & Archaeology

The PhD in Economic and Social History offers you the opportunity to study economic and social history at an advanced level through independent research. We host one of t ... [+]

The PhD in Economic and Social History offers you the opportunity to study economic and social history at an advanced level through independent research.

We host one of the largest economic and social history research groupings in the UK and this enables us to support research in economic and social history across a wide range of time periods and geographical regions, from the early modern period to the present day, and from Britain to the Caribbean. Current research interests include the study of economic development, energy policy, globalisation, slavery, demography, urban history, consumption, material culture, museums and collecting, leisure, religious belief, popular culture, medicine and disease, gender, sexuality and the family. Colleagues in the economic and history research group work closely with colleagues with related interests in other Schools, notably the School of Social and Political Science and the School of Economics.... [-]

United Kingdom Edinburgh
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Education

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 researc ... [+]

Characteristics of the Studies

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
SOAS University of London

Although some theses rely mainly on materials in English and other European languages, a major advantage of taking a research degree in history at SOAS is that the School ... [+]

Research Degrees in History

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The SOAS History Department is one of the world’s major centers offering supervision for research degrees in African and Asian history. It attracts students and scholarly visitors from all parts of the world. The top ratings given to the Department in the official national research assessments of 1996, 2001 and 2008 took into account the excellence of its research training, as well as the staff publication record. 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.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
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Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Campus
Universidad de La Laguna

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

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.

The official proposal of the Atlantic Islands doctorate: History, Economy, Heritage and Legal-Institutional Framework responds to the need to complete the undergraduate and master's degree courses that are being implemented by our universities within the European Higher Education Area.... [-]

Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife
September 2019
Spanish,Portuguese (Portugal)
Full-time
Part-time
Campus