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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Fiona Doloughan

          +44 (0)1908 652092