Research course


Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The History discipline covers a broad range of the political, social, economic and cultural history of the UK and the rest of Europe from the late middle ages to the 21st century, with additional expertise in colonial and post-colonial history. It has particular strengths in policing and crime (embedded in a multidisciplinary research group), 20th-century international and global history,(supported by the University’s multidisciplinary Ferguson Centre for Asian and African Studies), and British and Irish history. We welcome applications from students interested in studying full- or part-time for a PhD in early modern, modern, and contemporary history.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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