Research course

Book History

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Book History and Bibliography Research Group has made major contributions to the subject internationally. Members have produced numerous publications in authorship studies, printing, publishing, reading, bibliography and textual editing. The group’s research interests range widely, from 17th-century literature and publishing, to postcolonial histories of the book. The group’s AHRC-funded project The Reading Experience Database, 1450–1945 (RED) has produced a digitised database recording the reading experiences of British subjects from 1450–1945, with over 30,000 entries. Members of the group organise regular, well-attended seminar series, conferences, and symposia promoting research in book history.

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 research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects

  • Popular genre fiction in Indian writing in English: recent trends in the Indian literary marketplace (Poojah Sinha)
  • James Lackington: reading and the art of self-advancement (Sophie Bankes)
  • Conrad’s reading (Helen Chambers)

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Dr Fiona Doloughan
+44 (0)1908 652092