We offer a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.

Open Access Courses

Degree Level Courses

The HCCI courses below are taught on a rotation in the Bachelor of Arts as well as a number of other programs at the University of Newcastle. Please click the links for further details.

Honours Level

For students who complete the B.A. degree with high levels of proficiency (GPA 5.0 and above), the fourth year Honours degree provides a chance to write a 15,000 word research thesis, enhance their methodological competencies and pursue other topics of their choice.          

Recent theses topics include:

  • Thucydides and the Athenian Empire

  • Slave revolts in Sicily and Italy

  • Flower Imagery in Literary Representations of Greek myth

  • Cruel and unusual punishments in the Roman Empire

  • 1949 Coal Strike: Communism and the Cold War

  • Red Scares, Black Scars: Rethinking the Impact of McCarthyism on the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1954

  • Shifting Loyalties: Three Leading Anglo-Australian Conservatives and the Rise of Fascist Militarism, 1931-1941

  • Sexed by Sex Ed: Education and the Construction of the ‘Ideal Woman’ in 1950’s Australia

  • Buddhist and Lacanian Desire

Research Level

Our staff supervise a range of research thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in their specialist areas of expertise. Further details on applying to the University of Newcastle’s higher research degrees can be found here. A typical M.Phil. thesis will be between 40-60,000 words and a Ph.D. thesis between 80-100,000 words (detailed guidelines can be found here). A range of competitive scholarships are available, including University, Government and Vice Chancellor awarded support. Students should consult each scholarship’s relevant guidelines for information about their specific criteria (click here for Government and VC guidelines respectively). Degree applications are accepted at any time, however scholarship applications are typically due in early September. We encourage students to discuss criteria and topics with their potential supervisors well in advance of their application.

Thesis proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Roman Social History: later Republic, early Empire

  • Alexander and his successors

  • Suetonian biography

  • Gender and reception

  • History of violence

  • Australian history

  • Atlantic history

  • Ottoman history

  • Women's history/feminist history

  • Histories of sex and sexuality

  • Australian foreign and defence policy

  • Napoleonic Europe

  • Cultural history, including religion

  • Intellectual history

  • Australian and international wine studies

  • Global Indigenous history

  • Diaspora and transnational history

  • Urban and regional history (especially Newcastle)

  • Applied history and public heritage studies