The School of Humanities, based in our historic Regent Street building, offers a vibrant, multidisciplinary research environment, at the centre of which are several innovative research groups and centres.

We have a well-established PhD programme and you can study with us in, or across, a wide range of disciplines, including modern languages, visual culture, English literature, history, linguistics and translation studies.

How to apply

For queries about any aspect of the application process, or to discuss where your research idea might fit within our specialisms, please contact Dr Helen Glew via email at [email protected] in the first instance.

You can read more about our application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page. 

How to apply for a research degree

Apply via UCAS

Course title

UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD English Literature P052477 Apply now
MPhil/PhD English Language P052481 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Linguistics P052485 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Visual Culture P052489 Apply now
MPhil/PhD Modern and Applied Languages P052493 Apply now
MPhil/PhD History P052505 Apply now

PhD by published work

If you intend to apply for PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
PhD by Published Work English Literature P052480 Apply now
PhD by Published Work English Language P052484 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Linguistics P052488 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Visual Culture P052492 Apply now
PhD by Published Work Modern and Applied Languages P052496 Apply now
PhD by Published Work History P052508 Apply now

Subjects in which PhDs are offered

  • Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Translation Studies
  • Visual Culture and Cultural Studies

The School of Humanities is multi-disciplinary and welcomes applications for doctoral projects which span two or more areas of expertise. 


The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. Find out more information on current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page. 

View current studentships

Research groups and centres

We host, or contribute to, several research institutes and centres: