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 and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Dr Silvia De Renzi
+44 (0)1908 653266