Applications are welcome from both home and international students who wish to pursue postgraduate study in History. Candidates should normally have, or be expected to obtain, a good honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject at an undergraduate level. Doctoral candidates are also expected to have completed or be pursuing a Master's course.
Individuals planning to apply for research-based degrees are encouraged to contact the member of staff most closely affiliated with their research interests.
Areas of staff research expertise are outlined on our faculty pages. Candidates are advised to contact their proposed supervisor as early as possible and to make their proposals as specific as they can, indicating their own background in the proposed area of research and where feasible forwarding a piece of written work relevant to the proposal with their application. We are happy to discuss your ideas and refine your proposal so that you can improve your chances of funding.
Applications for postgraduate study are handled through Postgraduate Admissions. Please consult their pages for more details about the application process. Leaflets describing individual courses are also available.
The Department has a good record of success in attracting funding for students through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Students wishing to specialise in economic and social history are offered courses in economic and social theory and quantitative methods. These meet standards set down by the ESRC.
For more information on departmental scholarships and other postgraduate funding opportunities, see the research section on funding.
If English is not your first language, we do expect you to be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency. Our required IELTS language qualification score is 7.0:
Applications with an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered if the candidate's application is otherwise impressive. In these cases attendance at the 4-week pre-sessional English Language Training course at York is required. Such admissions have to be approved by the Chair of the Graduate School Board.
For more information on postgraduate study in history at York, please feel free to contact our Graduate Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)