Research course

Early Modern Britain and Europe

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

Research interest in this area include a variety of aspects of social, political and cultural history in Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe between 1550 and 1750. Dr Gemma Allen is interested in the political, religious and cultural history of 16th and early 17th century England, particularly the study of early modern women. The government, elites and politics, religion and warfare in Elizabethan England are the focus of Dr Neil Younger's research. Dr Suzanne Forbes studies early modern Irish social and political history. Dr Silvia De Renzi is interested in the history of early modern Italy, in particular the intersections between knowledge, religion and power. Dr Ole Grell works on the social and cultural history of the European Reformation, especially in northern Germany and Scandinavia, and the Calvinist emigration.

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
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 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