Research course

Empire and Postcolonial Studies

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 Empire and Postcolonial Research Group within the Department of History links to the cross-faculty Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies. Areas of particular interest include the British Empire, colonial India, relationships between the West and the postcolonial world, empire in Asian port cities, and heritage. Research into imperial conflicts, including policing and counterinsurgency, is a particular strength, and overlaps with the department’s Crime and Policing Research Group. We have particular regional expertise covering Asia (India, SE Asia, the coast of China) and Africa (Kenya).

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

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1908 653266