University of Manitoba
Dept. of History
403 Fletcher Argue Bldg.
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Aboriginal, Asia, Britain and British Empire, Canada and Americas, Europe, and Modern World
The main purposes of the PhD program are to develop students' skills in historical analysis, cultivate the habits of independent research, and to prepare for professional careers. The program trains students to examine trends in modern historiography, to explore new techniques of research, and to probe complex historical problems. The Department offers seven fields of instruction: The Americas, Britain and the Commonwealth, Canada, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, and Modern World. However, thesis-level specialization is offered only in certain aspects of these fields for which appropriate faculty supervision and adequate library resources are available.
Special Programs or Resources
There are several major archival and library facilities in Winnipeg. The most important research libraries are located at the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Legislative Library, both of which are official repositories for Canadian publications and which support original research in most areas of Canadian history. The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg libraries also support research in selected areas of medieval and early modern Europe, 18th- and 19th-century British and Imperial, Latin American and contemporary United States, Modern South and East Asian, and Modern World history. As a member of the Centre for Research Libraries, the University of Manitoba has full access to its extensive collections.
Major archival facilities in Winnipeg offer research materials of international and national significance. The Hudson's Bay Company Archives is a world-renowned institution for the study of imperialism, First Nations and North America. The Provincial Archives of Manitoba contain federal as well as provincial government records and significant private records. The University of Manitoba Archives is particularly strong in 20th-century cultural and political records pertaining to Canada and Winnipeg, while the Manitoba office of the National Archives of Canada contains major archival records for the Prairies. There are also a number of significant regional archives, including the United Church Archives at the University of Winnipeg, the Western Canadian Pictorial Index, the Centre du Patrimoine at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, and the City of Winnipeg Archives.
University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF) available for up to 4 years, awarded on a competitive basis. Dr. J. Burns scholarship for an incoming doctoral candidate. There are a number of research assistantships available through the History Department at the University of Manitoba as well as grader/marker positions. Funds to supplement travel costs for research purposes are available. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships may be held here.
All PhD students must take a minimum of two (and are usually expected to take three full year or equivalent) graduate courses (18 credit hours) beyond the M.A. degree in History, and must satisfy a language requirement. PhD students in History are required to offer three fields for her/his candidacy examination. These fields must be chosen from different areas of study.
Every PhD student must pass a Candidacy Examination before a thesis-project form is approved. This candidacy examination involves written examinations in three fields as well as an oral exam. The thesis, to be written under the direction of the student's supervisor, must represent the result of original historical research and constitute a genuine contribution to knowledge.
Last Updated: October 19, 2012