Postgraduate Opportunities in History

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate opportunities available within the Department of History.

The Department of History covers a wide range of British, European and world history from the early medieval period to the present. Research interests include cultural and social history, political development, economic and religious history, environmental history and imperialism.  Moreover, historians in other departments in the University expand the range of courses on offer, notably in the fields of Byzantine, African, American and Canadian history.

Dr Jonathan Boff (Senior Lecturer in Modern History), Dr Jonathan Willis (Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History), and Richard Swain (part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team in the College of Arts and Law) are available online between 11:00-12:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about studying in the department.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the Department of History. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the Department via our online platform.

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Jonathan Boff

    Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History, and Head of Postgraduate Studies (Research) for History. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

  • Dr Jonathan Willis

    Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, and Head of Postgraduate Studies (Taught) for History. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

  • Richard Swain

    Richard is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in History live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Alan asked:

Hi Jonathan, thanks for answering those questions.

Jonathan Boff replied:

We’re still shuffling the deck for next year but there’s a decent chance I’ll be convening the DL Military History MA, and in any case I put it together originally, so feel free to contact me offline later if you have further questions about it.

Jonathan Willis asked:

Is there a handbook (or programme specification, reading lists etc.) available which would give me a little more information about the MA Military History?

Jonathan Willis replied:

Dear Alan,

Thank you for your question.  There’s a fair amount of information on the website for the MA History of Warfare (our campus-based programme) and the Distance Learning MA Military History:

If you’ve already seen this and/or are looking for even more detailed information, the best thing to do would be to email the programme convenors, Adam Dighton ( for History of Warfare, and Andrew Duncan ( for DL Military History.  They can answer more detailed questions.  I’m afraid that programme and module handbooks, reading lists, etc., for the current academic year, are only accessible to currently registered students who are signed into Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All best wishes,


Alan asked:

If I start a History PhD/MA by Research by Distance Learning can I later switch to full-time/on campus?

Jonathan Boff replied:

Hello again

Yes, as you prefer: you can change as often as you can bear to fill out the forms.

Alan asked:

This is a similar but slightly different question to Audrey’s. Do students following the History PhD/MA by Research by Distance Learning have access to the same electronic resources that on-site students can access? (specifically, I’m thinking of access to journal databases such as Gale, Taylor & Francis etc.)

Jonathan Boff replied:

Hi Alan,

Yes, exactly the same access to e-resources. What Jonathan W said for MA dissertations counts double for research degrees: it’s hugely helpful to have access to a good local academic library, just because not everything is digitised. The SCONUL scheme can help with that and there are always copyright libraries like BL, Bodleian, NLS, etc