Research degrees

The Faculty runs a well-established doctoral research programme offering supervision and research training in a dynamic learning environment in central London. At any one time, there are approximately 60 research students studying for MPhil and/or PhD, either full or part-time.

Research facilities include dedicated doctoral research rooms and (computer) laboratories, and access to the University’s Library and inter-library services. Research students are an integral part of our research community and as such are invited to participate in our seminars, workshops, international symposia, conferences and public lectures.

Department Research areas Contacts

English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Visual Culture

Simon Avery

Dr Leigh Wilson

Modern Languages and Culture

Asian Studies

Professor Harriet Evans

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations

Dr Maria Holt

Social and Historical Studies


Dr Frances Lynch

The programme enjoys dedicated student facilities, a vibrant research culture and an advanced research training programme. The research environment includes regular research seminars, public lectures, international conferences and symposia, as well as the students’ own PhD workshops.

Students have free access to a wide network of libraries in and around London. The faculty’s well developed research training programme provides a structured course of formal training and personal development planning (PDP) designed to enable students to carry out high-quality, independent research projects, complete their MPhil or PhD on time, and to prepare for future (academic or professional) careers.

MPhil/PhD students also have free access to the faculty’s modern languages programme Polylang, which offers foreign language courses and English courses (including English for Academic Purposes).

SSH Research Student Forum

The Faculty’s Research Student Forum (or SSH PhD Course Committee) – which is open to all SSH-based doctoral students – meets once per term. It serves as a forum to discuss the faculty’s research degree programme in general, and the nurturing of a student-led, vibrant and high-quality research culture in particular.

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