Postgraduate research

The Department of History is one of the most active centres for historical research in the country, with a complement of nearly 40 academic staff and around 60 PhD students.

Research areas

The Department of History has a distinguished record of internationally outstanding, innovative and interdisciplinary historical research. Our research interests extend chronologically from ancient history to contemporary history and geographically from Britain to the Middle East and from America to India. We cover a wide range of themes including political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history, with a distinct specialism in the application of digital technologies to historical research.

Current PhD Students

Find out what our current PhD students are researching.

Our current PhD students can be viewed by period and by supervisor.

Staff Research Areas

Find out more about the research interests of our academic staff.

Our research areas can be viewed by strengthperiod and region.

Research Specialisations

View our research specialisations.


Interested in undertaking your PhD research at Sheffield? 

Find out more about our PhD programme, our supervisors and how we support PhD student development and training please visit our prospective PhD webpages. 

Visit our prospective PhD webpages