Research course

War, conflict and politics in modern 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

We have a wide range of expertise on conflict, war and politics in the late 19th to 20th centuries. Annika Mombauer researches the history of the First World War; Dr Paul Lawrence has published on the history of nationalism; and Dr Christian Bailey’s research has focused on European integration after 1945. There is also overlap with the Empire Group; with Dr Karl Hack’s work on 20th-century imperial and colonial conflicts and insurgency; and with the International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice.

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 the department.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      distance learning
      variable months
        part time
        72 months
        • MPhil
          full time
          15 months
            part time
            24 months
              distance learning
              variable months

              Course contact details

              Dr Silvia De Renzi
              +44 (0)1908 653266