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History and Welsh History

Pursue original research, supervised by leading historians with expertise in a broad chronological, geographical and thematic range, spanning the medieval to the modern period across the globe.

Benefit from our exciting interdisciplinary Research Groups and Research Centres, taking their specialisms in new directions.

The History and Welsh History section provides training and a high level of support in the historical fields of early modern, modern and contemporary Wales. Our postgraduate community contributes vitally to the research culture of the School and to the University's international reputation for research.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in academia, research (commercial etc), public service, teaching and related fields, and the media.

Distinctive features

  • We are a dynamic component of the School and score highly in assessments of both teaching and research.
  • We offer an exciting, stimulating and supportive learning environment and actively seeks to develop its research and postgraduate culture.
  • We are closely involved with a number of interdisciplinary research groups including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Cardiff Centre for the Crusades, the Cardiff Centre for Modern German History and the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration Opportunities available

We offer a breadth of chronological, geographical and historiographic expertise, and the research interests of the staff range from the Normans to Communist art, from Fascism to early-modern crime and witchcraft, from emigration to the history of medicine, and from Wales to India and China.

History scholarship at Cardiff combines theoretical innovation and research expertise, creating distinctive strengths in a range of areas, including warfare and the Crusades, authoritarian regimes, Wales and the wider world, gender and identity, and medicine and the body.

Welsh history

As befits the capital city of Wales, the Department provides a thriving programme of research and postgraduate supervision in the Social, Cultural and Political History of Wales. Research in this area covers

  • the social, urban and political history of Wales in the early modern and modern period
  • nineteenth and early twentieth century Welsh emigration and Welsh communities outside Wales
  • the construction of Welsh identities in the modern period
  • the impact of industrialization on Wales
  • unemployment, social policy, social and political movements particularly during the economic depression of the 1930s
  • marriage, family and identity in modern Wales
  • Wales and the British Empire; political and social interests of the Welsh gentry
  • Wales and the Civil War and the Interregnum
  • Wales within the Early Modern British state.

For more information, please see the History research pages of our website.

Information on current research projects can be found on the School website.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


We are delighted to be part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

See our latest PhD studentships and projects and find out more about other funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Students from outside the EU

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Any student who wishes to apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree in History at Cardiff is strongly advised to contact the relevant member of staff to discuss their interests and the particular potential that Cardiff can offer the student in their specialist area of study. For students who plan to apply for external funding (i.e. the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership) it is essential that they begin planning their applications in collaboration with their potential supervisor as early as possible.

Suitable for graduates in history, and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Applicants should normally hold a first degree with first or upper second class Honours or equivalent in an appropriate subject field.

Welsh speakers are very welcome.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

School of History, Archaeology and Religion Postgraduate Research Administrative Officer

Administrative contact

Academic contact(s)

Dr James Ryan

Dr James Ryan

Senior Lecturer in Modern European (Russian) History

+44 (0)29 2087 6511


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