Research course

Early Modern Britain and Europe

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

Members of the Department of History researching early modern history have an interest in a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe in the period 1550–1750. Their research areas include knowledge, religion and power in the Italian states (Dr Silvia De Renzi); social and cultural history of the European Reformation, especially in northern Germany and Scandinavia, and Calvinist emigration (Dr Ole Peter Grell); political, religious and cultural history of 16th- and early-17th-century England, particularly the study of early-modern women (Dr Gemma Allen); the government, elites and politics, government, religion and warfare in Elizabethan England (Dr Neil Younger); and gender in Britain and Ireland c.1550–c.1750, particularly women and wealth in the early years of the financial revolution (Professor Anne Laurence).

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

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