Research course

British and Irish History Since the 18th Century

Open University · Department of History

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Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 in a relevant degree plus a masters degree, or equivalent evidence of ability to write and research at a high level, or a first class degree with a dissertation element.

Months of entry


Course content

The research interests of members in this area range widely, from manufacturers to masculinity and from political ideas to the making of British identities. Dr Robin Mackie specialises in business history, and relations between industry and science. Dr Donna Loftus covers the 19th century, with a particular focus on masculinity. Dr Amanda Goodrich focuses on 18th- and 19th-century political and cultural history, particularly political ideas. Dr Chris Williams specialises in British social and administrative history. Dr Janice Holmes extends the discipline's interests to modern Irish history, particularly religious local and gender history. Dr Marsden is interested in how ideas about the past have helped to shape identities in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day. Dr Anna Plassart researches the history of political ideas in France and Britain. Students may benefit from links with interdisciplinary research groups in policing and crime.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Luc-André Brunet
+44 (0)1908 653266