Economic and Social History 

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a fully-funded 4-year study programme leading to a PhD in Economic and Social History. 

Prospective candidates should outline their own doctoral research topic. There are no restrictions on the proposed historical research by period, region or theme, but projects must principally employ a social science methodology (for further guidance on disciplinary remit, see https://www.ukri.org/councils/esrc/guidance-for-applicants/check-if-you-are-eligible-for-funding/ Check if you’re eligible for funding – ESRC – UKRI).

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an excellent record of academic achievement in History or a related discipline and potential to complete an original and independent research project. 

The Department will select one or more candidates to co-develop full applications for funding offered through the Economic and Social History Pathway (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/studentships/nottingham/econ-soc-history/) of the Midlands Graduate School (MGS) Doctoral Training Partnership (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/). The MGS is one of 14 UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), and comprises University of Warwick, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham. 

At Nottingham, successful applicants will join a team of PhD researchers on the Economic and Social History pathway in the Department of History. Supervisors of current students include Professor Sarah Badcock (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/sarah.badcock), Dr Nick Baron (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/nick.baron), Dr Jonathan Kwan (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/jonathan.kwan) and Dr David Gehring (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/people/david.gehring). Numerous other members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research into economic and social history. You can find out more about our staff, their research interests and current doctoral supervision by consulting these pages https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/history/research/research.aspx, as well as the pages of individual academics. 

This 4-year programme comprises 1 year of training in social science research methods (to MA level) plus 3 years of research on an original topic in economic and social history (to PhD level). 

Candidates who already have an ESRC-accredited MA in History or a cognate discipline, and/or can demonstrate extensive expertise in social science research methods, may apply for a +3 PhD programme. Candidates without MA degrees and those with a non-ESRC-accredited MA degree may only apply for the 1+3 programme.

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