We have expertise in a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century British and European histories and our research encompasses a variety of historical and methodological approaches.

Our specialisms include British social, cultural and religious history; the history of European integration and policy-making; twentieth century French social, economic and cultural history; gender history and the history of feminism; Jewish history; nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history; the history of trafficking; Anglo-German relations; and the history of London. Staff are active in a wide variety of research networks in the UK and beyond and in recent years, historians at Westminster have hosted or co-hosted international conferences on The Blitz and A Century of Women MPs, among others.

We welcome PhD proposals which encompass one or more of our areas of research, or which allow an interdisciplinary approach with other areas in the School of Humanities.

Current and recent PhD projects

  • Resisting executive dominance: an assessment of executive-legislature dynamics during the UK's entry into, and withdrawal from, the European Communities.
  • William Long-Wellesley and Publicity: the role of celebrity in the public sphere, 1788-1832
  • "Their Need Was Great": émigrés and Anglo-American intelligence operations in the early Cold War.
  • The British Army of the Rhine and the Germans, 1948-1957