PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in History, (Labour and People’s History) in the School of Humanities and Social Science

Reference RS1615

Applications are invited for a full PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Central Lancashire.  The studentship is tenable for 3 years full-time and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates. International applicants may apply only for the studentship but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. The successful applicant will be required to comply with the terms of funding. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 July 2017.

Project Title

Democratic Preston

Project Description

The PhD student will be based in the History (Labour and People’s History) research grouping in the School of Humanities & Social Science.

The research topic is Democratic Preston 1768-1840. Between 1768 and 1832 Preston enjoyed a unique householder franchise in parliamentary elections, making it the most democratic constituency in Britain. From 1807 it faced strong challenges from reforming and radical candidates, culminating in the election of the radical Henry Hunt as its MP in 1830. Hunt lost his seat in 1832 as the franchise began to narrow after the Great Reform Act. This project will investigate Preston’s history and workings as a democratic franchise in a pre-democratic age, both before and after 1832, using material in the Lancashire Record Office, the Harris Museum and Library, the parliamentary archives and the National Archives. It is expected that the principal focus will develop in the course of the inquiry, influenced both by the available source materials and by the researcher’s own interests and expertise; suggestions from candidates are welcome. The project will also involve public engagement activity as part of Uclan’s partnership with the Harris Museum and Library. Supervisor: Dr Robert Poole.

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 7 (minimum subscore 6.5) or equivalent qualification.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Arts degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification.

Further information

For the application form and full details go to:
For an informal discussion about the project please contact Robert Poole email 
Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email   quoting the studentship reference number

Closing Date:    30th April
Proposed Interview Date Week Commencing 15th May


Published on: 
19 Apr 2017