Information for Prospective Postgraduates

Theses in progress 2016The department offers two main routes to postgraduate study, the taught MA, of which there are a number of different kinds, concentrating on both period and themes, and research degrees (M.Phil and PhD). The following pages provide information on the department’s postgraduate provision, both for current students and prospective postgraduate students.


For further information please contact Dr Alastair Kocho-Williams, Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University.


Aberystwyth University achieved a significant kite mark in postgraduate research and training in autumn 2013. It has become a partner in the South, West and Wales Consortium (SWW), along with seven other universities – Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Southampton. The Consortium has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014 with up to 50 doctoral studentships being awarded each year over this five-year period. This will be the only route for prospective PhD studentships for subjects in the humanities. The SWW AHRC DTP will be awarding up to 50 doctoral studentships for the best postgraduate research projects across the full range of Arts & Humanities disciplines.

Prospective applicants to the Consortium will benefit from exclusive prominent partners who include the Arnolfini, BBC, Bristol City Council, CyMAL & Cadw, English Heritage, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, National Trust, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, Watershed, Welsh National Opera, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Getty Research Institute, Bath Heritage Services, REACT, Twofour and a number of overseas academic partners. These partners bring academic and professional expertise in a range of disciplines and Welsh Culture. Information about the environment for doctoral study in the Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University:

The Department’s established reputation for conducting leading-edge, international quality research makes History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth an ideal place to pursue doctoral study. We offer supervision and research training in both English and Welsh, with specialisms including:

Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern History; British, Welsh, Irish, European, Russian, American and South-East Asian History;  population migration; oral history; urban history; heritage; business history; counter-culture; cultural history; diplomatic history; political history; social history; imperial and colonial history; religious history; historiography; history of science and medicine; media history; gender history.

See our staff pages for further details of individual staff interests:

How to Apply:

Prospective applicants who are eligible for funding will need to submit an Expression of Interest by 12:00 midday Monday 11 January 2016. Following that, they will be invited to an Open Day for the DTP in Bristol on 20th January 2016. Up to £50 will be available for travel costs. The aim of the Open day is for you to learn more about the research opportunities and supervisory expertise offered in the Consortium.

Applications for both funding and PhD place may be submitted via the SWW DTP site from 22nd January 2014 until the final deadline of 23rd February 2016. Applicants will be required to submit a 1,500 word research proposal and a 500 word personal statement. Please note, the University of Bristol has kindly agreed to help with the registration and application system for the DTP this year, and they are acting on behalf of all universities in the DTP. Despite the appearance of the logo of the University of Bristol in some communications, you are in fact applying for a place with Aberystwyth University via the DTP’s portal.

Interviews will be held between mid and late March with results being available shortly before 22nd April 2016.

The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP. Prospective applicants are encouraged to focus their proposal in any field of Arts and Humanities research; proposals for interdisciplinary research are encouraged. It should be noted that there is considerable flexibility in the deployment of funds and that offers of funding over and above the conventional three year period may be made to support the needs of particular candidates.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office:


Tel: 0044 (0) 1970 622270