Research course

British and Irish History Since the 18th Century

Open University · Department of History

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 of the Department of History in this area range widely, from manufacturers to masculinity. 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 English social history. Dr Janice Holmes extends departmental interests to modern Irish history, women’s history and history of religion. 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Dr Silvia De Renzi

          +44 (0)1908 653266