PhD - History

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Memorial University provides unique chances for history study. The St. John's campus fosters innovative and interdisciplinary research by housing the Maritime History Archive, the Folklore and Language Archive, the Centre of Newfoundland Studies, and various other research collections. Our faculty conduct research in a variety of subjects, including environmental history, social history, cultural history, military history, and many more, and supervise graduate students from the ancient world to the twenty-first century, as well as locations around the world.

All topic areas are eligible to doctoral applicants, provided that a Supervisory Committee (typically three members) and an examination committee (two members from Memorial University plus one from outside the university) with appropriate skills to evaluate the dissertation can be established. Before the comprehensive examination, students must finish two courses, a French language assessment, and three reading areas. Following the formal presentation of a thesis proposal to the Department, a dissertation based on original research is completed.

Program structure

  • Advanced Studies in Newfoundland History
  • Advanced Studies in Canadian History
  • Advanced Studies in the History of the United States
  • Advanced Studies in French History
  • Advanced Studies in British History
  • Advanced Studies in German History
  • Advanced Studies in North Atlantic History
  • Advanced Studies in Social History
  • Advanced Studies in Labour and Working-Class History
  • Advanced Studies in Intellectual History
  • Advanced Studies in Women's History
  • Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory
  • Advanced Studies in Military History
  • Advanced Studies in Diplomatic History
  • Advanced Studies in Maritime History
  • Advanced Studies in Economic and Business History
  • Medical Science and Social Responsibility in Health Care: Aspects of Medical History
  • Quantification and Measurement in History
  • Research in Special Topics
  • Reading Courses
  • Theory and Method
  • Masters Seminar I
  • Masters Research Paper (12 credit hours)


  • Tuition — 17,988 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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