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 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

+44 (0)1908 652092