Postgraduate teaching and research

history-image-suffragettesHistory at Reading is one of the University's longest established and most distinguished research areas.  We provide a vibrant intellectual environment for graduate students and the diversity of the department's research interests across a long chronological timeframe enables us to offer supervision on a wide range of topics from medieval times to the present day.

The Department's core research strengths include political, cultural, social, gender, and transnational history, the history of ideas and beliefs, and the history of science and health.  We also have a global perspective, with expertise in American, Russian, African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian history as well as Britain and Europe.  We welcome applications from all candidates with interests in these areas.

We particularly welcome candidates with interests that relate, however broadly, to one of the University's five research themes: Health, Heritage and Creativity, Food, Prosperity and Resilience, and Environment. 

We have a lively community of postgraduate students, and all our students have the opportunity to learn from and interact with professional historians. 

All our PhD students are offered the possibility to take part in undergraduate teaching.

Tailored supervision: Your MA or PhD will be supported by our internationally recognised staff. They are active researchers whose current interests shape our MA and inform our PhD programmes. Close cooperation with your supervisor and frequent (in)formal meetings and seminars by academics from outside the Department ensures a rich and rewarding research experience.

Dynamic research environment: The Department hosts frequent seminars. In addition, the Research centres (GCMS, EMRC) hold monthly seminars, workshops and conferences to which all post-graduates are invited. The post-graduate community also has its own bi-annual colloquia.

First class provisions: The aims to provide support to this community, to complement the support and expertise provided by home Schools and Departments and other University services. 

There are many opportunities for those who wish to undertake Masters level study in History. We offer 2 postgraduate courses:

All of our Masters' programmes offer research training and specialist supervision in the student's chosen dissertation topic, making them ideal pathways to doctoral research.


Postgraduate application process

Informal enquiries about our postgraduate programmes are welcome. Please contact either:

Please check out our staff profiles to see whether our department would be right for you.



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UG & PGT Programme enquiries:


Post Graduate Research enquiries:

Catherine O'Hare

+44 (0) 118 378 5799


Student Support:

Sally Davies

+44 (0) 118 378 5443



+44 (0) 118 378 8372



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