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History PhD courses

With academic specialists who draw on their world-class research and publications to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to history research you’ll benefit from studying your PhD alongside world-leading experts.

By studying at Brunel to pursue your research interests you will be welcomed into a world-class and internationally-renowned research environment which focuses distinctively on collaboration and its impact on the wider society. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our expertise was recognised, in which 64% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally-excellent. 

At Brunel we understand that research requires ideas, knowledge and inspiration that is not limited to one particular field of discipline. Brunel’s interdisciplinary research groups work collaboratively with other universities, both nationally and internationally, as well as with organisations, and this is a key feature of our History department. Our links to academia and industry directly benefits our research students. 

We offer many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities and you will benefit from working alongside our enthusiastic and expert academics and researchers.  Also, being a research student at Brunel means you will benefit from the support of our Graduate School too. 

Choose a History PhD

Learn about our research projects

These six broad themes provide the foundation of the research within our department

Modern and contemporary history

With special focus on the rise and fall of empires, regimes, nations and states.

Political structures of advanced capitalist states

Political structures and processes with a focus on Britain, the US, Asia, countries within the EU, and the EU itself.

The history of political thought

With special interest in theories of violence and revolution.

Intelligence and security studies

With a key focus on the institutions and processes of intelligence gathering.

War and conflict

Including military history from the ancient to the modern period, counterinsurgency, peace-building, and border conflict.

International relations

Including specialisms in the modern Middle East and the politics of intervention.

Bring your research to Brunel for your PhD