MPhil/PhD Medical History

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
Distance Learning available
Discipline
  • History
LocationCornwall (Penryn), Exeter (Streatham)
Start date September, January or April

Overview

The Centre for Medical History is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is dedicated to advancing methods and areas of research within the history of medicine and forging links with medical and health care professionals in the region. Staff can offer PhD supervision across a wide range of areas including English medical history 1500-1800; history of the environment and medicine in the modern period; history of occupational health and industrial diseases; history of psychiatry and stress; and history of gender and the family.

We aim to ensure that each student receives an effective and appropriate level of support, through both tailored research training and regular research supervision. Visit the Centre for Medical History website to find out more about our research interests and activities.

Research areas

The Centre for Medical History Research webpages provide more comprehensive details about current research projects. Details on individual staff research interests and publications can be found on the Centre’s staff profiles pages.

Centre for Medical History

Centre staff are willing to provide supervision for an MPhil/PhD in Medical History in many areas of research. These include:

  • English medical history, 1500–1800
  • environment and medicine in the modern period
  • gender and the family
  • occupational health and industrial diseases
  • history of psychiatry
  • history of sex and sexuality
  • history of stress.

Recent PhD titles

Here are some examples of PhD theses undertaken by students in Medical History at the University of Exeter.

  • Physiology and morality: medical perspectives of sexual consent 1850-1914
  • The history of surgery in early modern England
  • Negotiating Intimacy: Sexuality and the Body in the History of Physiotherapy 1890-1994

Facilities

The University library maintains extensive holdings in all our disciplines, extensive audio-visual collections and a number of medieval manuscripts in our Heritage Collections, while Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives and the Devon Heritage Centre contain further significant medieval manuscripts, documents and early printed books. Thanks to the help of a substantial grant from the Leverhulme Trust, The Exeter Local Maritime Archives Project (ELMAP) has created a searchable online database of references to records with maritime and naval significance that are held in local record offices and other archives across England and Wales.

Careers

We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career.

Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.

Graduate destinations

Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by History postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titlesOrganisations
Bid Project Manager
Business Development Intern
Chief Operations Officer
Customer Communications Coordinator
Data Analyst
Freelance Journalist
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Information Analyst
Journalist
Learning Development Specialist
Lecturer
Library Facilitator
Marketing Assistant
Parliamentary Assistant to MP
Producer
Project Officer
Research Assistant
Capita
Cormorant Media
Cornwall Council
Green Gaia Films
Kaplan University
Kent County Council
Leeds City College
News Associates
Romax Marketing and Distribution
Somerset County Council
Strode College
University of Aberystwyth
University of Exeter
University of York
WhipTail Technologies

Entry requirements 2017

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in History, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

Research topic and proposal

If you are considering studying for an MPhil or PhD, you will need to pinpoint the topic in which you wish to undertake your research and identify members of academic staff who specialise in this area and can offer you supervision. Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.

Once you have identified your research area, you will need to prepare a research proposal which outlines the specific area you wish to study and submit this with your application.

Guidelines on submitting an MPhil/PhD application, including guidelines on writing a research proposal, can be found on our application process page.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £15,950 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Funding opportunities

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in History.

Current available funding

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course, for further information contact:

Email: humanities-pgtadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 725306

Supervision and support

Supervisors

All students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of historical research.

Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.

Mentors 

Each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.

Graduate School Office

The College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.

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