The Department is one of the world's leading centres for the study of the history of international relations. It has developed since the foundation of the Stevenson Chair in the 1930s into one of the strongest concentrations of experts in international history. In the review of research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Department was awarded a 5* for the excellence of its research, and has also been judged excellent in its teaching quality.
Research students will initially be registered for the MPhil. In June of the first year you will produce an extended written submission. If this demonstrates satisfactory progress in your research you will be able to register for the PhD. We will continue to monitor your progress each year.
In addition to research involving the more common European languages, we can also supervise work drawing on materials in Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, among others.
Throughout your registration as an MPhil/PhD student you will undertake a research training programme as well as working on your thesis. In your first year the training programme includes a preliminary workshop where members of the department present practical issues of relevance to new researchers in the autumn term and students make presentations of preliminary findings in the spring and summer terms. It also includes introductory seminars at the Institute of Historical Research and attendance at a specialised research seminar as well as elements tailored specifically for your requirements, including courses in computing and foreign languages. In the second and subsequent years you will continue your research training by, among other things, participating in the department's advanced workshop and at least one specialised research seminar while you are in London, and by developing other skills specific to your needs.