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Guidance for prospective MPhil/PhD students

Birkbeck's Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked sixth in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research. 

Our unique location in Bloomsbury gives you unrivalled access to world-class museums, libraries and specialist institutes. 

Training and Development 

Our department offers the following training for our MPhil/PhD students:

  • Graduate Research Symposium: student-led events where you can present your work in a relaxed, supportive environment. 
  • Thesis-Writing Workshops: you can submit 2500 words of writing for the group to workshop ( for more information). 
  • Methodological Masterclasses: hear professional historians discuss different methodological approaches. 

Start your research journey

Thinking of doing an MPhil/PhD? Check the following to find out more about studying in our department and making an application.