Postgraduate Research in History

The Department of History, the oldest and largest History department in Australia, has internationally recognised scholars researching and publishing in the areas of Asian history, Australian history, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern European history and United States history.

Postgraduate research students work on a wide range of topics. Visit the Department of History Postgraduate Research page for a list of current postgraduate research.

Research students have access to the faculty's Postgraduate Arts Research Centres (PGARC), and to the outstanding research collection at the Fisher Library. The department holds regular colloquia, at which staff and visiting academics present up to the minute research findings and scholarly papers.

In the last 5 years, 18 doctoral graduates have taken up lectureships or postdoctoral fellowships at leading national and international institutions. In 2003 Ruth Balint's thesis manuscript, 'Troubled Waters: Australian Maritime Expansion in the Timor Sea', was the first non-literary work to win the Australian Vogel Award. Margaret Poulos received the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e prize in 2003. James Curran's book arising from his PhD research, The Power of Speech: Australian Prime Ministers Defining the National Image, was published by Melbourne University Press and shortlisted for the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Prize for a First Book of History.

For more information, visit the Department of History website.

History postgraduate research programs

Click on the relevant link below for information about admission requirements, fees and how to apply.


Chair of Department

Chris Hilliard
Phone Number +61 2 9036 6032
Web Staff Page
Address Room 817
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Thomas Adams
Phone Number +61 2 9036 7948
Address Room 840, A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
A14 - Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia