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History

As a graduate student in our history department, you’ll explore the impact of historic events across time. Our research areas range from racism and Indigenous history to early modern Europe and the history of crime. Our faculty members often explore non-traditional ways of conducting and communicating research, including the use of geographic information systems and digital media. You can also choose to build your knowledge across disciplines through our interdisciplinary concentration in cultural, social and political thought.

Degree programs offered

Public history is the study and application of history outside of academia. This program teaches you how to share history with the public and history research methods. You’ll also complete a term in a co-op work experience that prepares you to work in a public history organizations such as archives, government and tourist sites. You’ll create a project that blends this dynamic education into a work of public history. Past projects have included websites, podcasts, documentary films and museum exhibits.

In this MA program, you’ll work side-by-side with expert historians on your research. You’ll learn the historian’s craft and research methods. You’ll broaden your knowledge of both history and historiography. You can choose between our thesis option (2-year program) or our intensive major research project (MRP) option (1-year program).

Does your interest in history extend to its theory? This concentration is for MA and PhD students who are passionate about knowledge and conceptual frameworks. Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) is an interdisciplinary program where you’ll engage with theory that transcends disciplinary boundaries. You’ll address key issues across the fields of culture, society, and politics. You’ll be part of a small cohort of students from across the humanities and social sciences.

Master your craft as a historian. In our PhD program, you’ll study your era or subject of interest alongside our renowned faculty on a wide range of topics  

We divide our courses along geographical and topical or thematic lines. You’ll choose the particular theme or themes that you want to pursue in your dissertation. Once you’ve written your comprehensive exams, you’ll be given the opportunity to teach one or more courses, subject to availability. We’ll support you as you transition from researcher to teacher.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
Public History MA 5 terms (20 months) Yes No
Project-based MA 1 year Yes No
Thesis-based MA 2 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Indigenous history
  • Digital history
  • Public history
  • Military history
  • Asian history
  • History of gender and sexuality
  • Political history
  • Racism
  • Immigration and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Legal history
  • Environmental history
  • Canadian and American history
  • BC and the Pacific Northwest
  • World and colonial history
  • Early modern European history

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Andrea McKenzie

Associate Professor British. 17th and 18th century English social and cultural history; crime, execution, gender (especially masculinity and courage); print & popular culture, religion & eschatology.

Andrew Wender

Assistant Teaching Professor World. History and politics of the Middle East, with special interest in Israel/Palestine and Iran

Beatriz de Alba-Koch

Associate Professor, History. Director, Latin American Studies Colonial and early national Latin American intellectual history, global cultural history.

Brian McKercher

Professor World. The foreign policies of the Great Powers since 1815; 19th and 20th Century British foreign policy; and 19th and 20th Century American foreign policy.

Christine O'Bonsawin

Associate Professor Indigenous sport history, late-nineteenth century to present, with a focus on Olympic history and Indigenous land rights.

Cynthia Milton

Professor, History Inclusive modes of truth-telling, transitional justice, memory, human rights, and cultural interventions in the construction of historical narratives after state violence.

David Dolff

Lecturer European

David Zimmerman

Professor Canadian and European. History of the Royal Canadian Navy, anti-submarine warfare, science, technology and war, the rescue of refugee academics from Germany in the 1930s

Elizabeth Vibert

Associate Professor Colonial histories of poverty, race and gender; community-engaged research on sustainable economies and food systems.

Georgia Sitara

Assistant Teaching Professor Race/racism, antiracism, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, colonialism and decolonization, children, youth, age, animals, social justice.

Guoguang Wu

Professor Asian. Modern and contemporary China from the late 1800s to the present

Jason Colby

Professor and Department Chair Modern U.S. History, International Relations, Environmental History, Pacific Northwest

Jill Walshaw

Associate Professor Early modern France and Europe; History of policing, crime and criminal procedure; Money and counterfeiting; the French Revolution, revolt and resistance; Communication and popular political culture.

John Lutz

Professor Canadian. History of Indigenous Settler relations and more broadly the history of the creation and interaction of different racial groups in the Pacific Northwest. I am also interested in the use of digital tools to research, teach and display history

Jordan Stanger-Ross

Professor, University of Victoria Provost’s Engaged Scholar, 2020-2025 Canadian and American. Race, immigration, inequality, and urban.

Kristin Semmens

Assistant Teaching Professor Modern European and German history, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, tourism history, public history

Lynne Marks

Professor Canadian history, women’s and gender history, the social history of ethnicity, religion/irreligion and atheism, and the history of feminism.

Mariel Grant

Associate Professor British. Social, cultural, and political history in 20th century Britain; history of propaganda, publicity, and public relations; mass media; tourism in 20th century Britain.

Martin Bunton

Professor World. Modern Middle Eastern History; World History; Colonial Land Policies

Matthew Koch

Lecturer European, Early Modern Colonialism, Latin America

Mitchell Hammond

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Adviser European. Early modern Europe, health and epidemic disease

Neilesh Bose

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Modern South Asia, global history, cultural and intellectual history

Norm Fennema

Lecturer Canadian, American. Cultural identity and pluralism, with a focus on North American religion

Oliver Schmidtke

Professor European. 20th Century European and German history

Patrick Lozar

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Adviser Indigenous histories, North American borderlands, Pacific Northwest, Ethnohistory methods, settler colonialism

Paul Bramadat

Professor Intersections between secularism, religious radicalization, securitization, post-colonialism, and religious identity in contemporary Canada.

Penny Bryden

Professor and Graduate Director Canadian. Post-Confederation Canadian political and constitutional history

Perry Biddiscombe

Professor European. Modern European political, military and social history

Peter Cook

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Canadian. Pre-Confederation Canadian History

Rachel Cleves

Professor American. Early American history, 1750-1850, with a focus on the histories of gender, sexuality, and violence

Rob Alexander

Professor European. Modern (post-1789) French history and 19th-Century European Political History.

Sara Beam

Professor Thematic interests include the history of human rights, torture, sex crimes, religious freedom, satire and political expression, censorship of the press and entertainment. Geographically, my research mostly focuses on Europe between 1500 and 1750.

Serhy Yekelchyk

Professor European. Russia, Ukraine, Soviet Union

Simon Devereaux

Associate Professor British. English legal and institutional history, history of crime, policing and punishment in Western societies

Tim Haskett

Assistant Professor European. Medieval Legal and Social History; Manuscript Studies

Tom Saunders

Associate Professor and Honours Adviser European. Modern Germany; cinema and society; media and scandal

Zhongping Chen (陳忠平)

Professor Socioeconomic history of late imperial China, sociopolitical history of Republican China, urban history of China, local history of the Lower Yangzi Region, global history of the Chinese diaspora, and Chinese environmental history during the Little Ice Age (1400-1900).

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: January 15 for September entry.
  • Applications received after January 15 may be considered, but will not receive funding.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to enter the program in January. Contact the graduate secretary at histgrad@uvic.ca or 250-721-7383 for more details.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at histgrad@uvic.ca or 250-721-7384.

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