Research course

History of Architecture and Design

Open University · Department of Art History

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The History of Architecture and Design research group brings together members of the Art History department engaged in architectural and design history, in the early modern and modern periods. The group shares a commitment to investigating the relationships between place, space and society as expressed historically through the built environment; it values design for interiors and urban and rural environments alongside a strong tradition of research on individual architects and buildings. The group has particular strengths in British architecture and design, and European modernism, and incorporates a strong set of interests in critical heritage studies for the uses of the material past in the present.

The group welcomes applications from potential students interested in pursuing these questions from the seventeenth century to the present day, and has experience in the supervision of both full- and part-time students through to completion. Although some of our students have already studied with the Open University, others join us from elsewhere.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

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