I've received an offer to do a DPhil in History at Oxford - more specifically in the economic and social history division - and have some questions about that.
What is the relationship between the department and the ESH division? Is ESH largely self-contained, with different requirements and methodology, or is it a more fluid kind of thing? For example, research seminars - are they department wide, or ESH only? [The reasons I ask is that my background is in economics and political science, very little straight history. I did a lot of economic history at the LSE, but there it was different: they had a whole economic history department, with it's own requirements etc. So I guess I'm wondering what it's like to be in a history faculty…]
Despite being in the History department, my supervisor would be an economist. I've heard that these kinds of combinations can be problematic, because economists will expect one kind of methodology and argument, while historians expect something completely different. Can anyone comment on this?
Finally, any remarks in general about being a research student in the history department at Oxford?
I also have some rather specific questions: Does anyone know when I can expect to hear about funding? Do most DPhil students get funding? Does it matter what college I end up in? Will I be expected to move to Oxford for the first year? Finally, my offer is conditional (I'm currently an MA student); is this normal, and how stringently are they going to hold me to the conditions?
I realize this is a lot, please answer whatever you can or are comfortable with. Also, please feel free to forward to any other DPhil students you know…
Thanks in advance...