MPhil / PhD

These are University of London research degrees examined wholly by thesis, prepared under the supervision of a member of staff of the Institute. Students can pursue their academic interests within the friendly and supportive environment of the Institute, enhanced by the outstanding libraries of the University of London, including our own prestigious library collection.


Thesis and oral examination.

For the MPhil degree, the length of thesis should not normally exceed 60,000 words, and for the PhD degree 100,000 words. Both lengths are inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of bibliography and appendices. More guidance can be found at

Mode of study:

MPhil - two academic years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

PhD - three academic years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

Fees 2018-19:

Full-time Home and EU Master’s students: £5,890 (continuing student: £5,360)

Part-time Home and EU Master’s students: £2,960 (continuing student: £2,680)

Fulltime Overseas Master’s students: £14,900 (continuing student: £13,505)

FundingSee here for SAS studentships and bursaries

Master’s degree of a UK University or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an appropriate subject.

In exceptional circumstances the Institute will allow applications from individuals who possess suitable, extensive, alternative professional experience associated with their chosen area of study.

Language requirements

IELTS (International English LanguageTesting Service) test at level 7 or a degree taken in a majority English-speaking country.

See here for full details.

Visa requirements

The Institute welcomes applications from international students. If in doubt as to the effect of your status on your application please contact the School registry on 020 7862 8663.

Potential applicants should be aware of the impact of the Government’s Points Based system for Tier 4 (i.e. student) entrants on their application. See UK Border Agency for full details.

DeadlineApplications are accepted throughout the year but must have been received and processed by 31 August.
Application Apply Online
Application details For full details as to how to apply, see here, or contact Conor Wyer on 020 7862 8758 /
Subject areas covered

The Institute currently offers supervision in a number of subject areas across different periods, including:

  • Religious and cultural history
  • Political history
  • Economic and social history 1300-1500
  • Imperial history
  • History of Victorian Britain
  • Urban and metropolitan history (especially London) history, including comparative approaches across Europe and elsewhere
  • Royal and Diplomatic history since 1900
  • Local and regional history, primarily concerning England and including the impact of towns 
  • The experience and impact of empire
  • The development of social and domestic groups in early modern towns
  • Architecture and planning and the built environment in Britain
  • Digital history
Potential supervisors

Please note that occasionally the Institute will co-supervise with individuals outside of the IHR in order to enhance the breadth of expertise available to the student.