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PhD Studentships deadline 11 January 2017

PhD Studentships in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Open University

The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group invites applications for October 2017 entry to its PhD programme.

The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group brings together staff from a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern periods.

We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group:

•People and objects in movement: courts and cities

•Symbolic and material witnesses: letters, objects, music and art

•Bodies: religion and medicine

•Elizabethan society: politics, religion, gender

•Uses of the arts, uses of knowledge: The Mediterranean and the Italian states

•Performance and performativity: music, theatre, poetry

•Intellectual, cultural and cross-cultural networks:  patronage, production and intermediaries.



Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship. These awards cover fees and a stipend for students based in the UK, and fees only for EU residents. The studentships are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), which brings together the OU, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex. For more information about CHASE, please visit:

The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available OU funding.

How to apply

Informal enquiries about studentships and PhD studies should be made to Helen Coffey ( in the first instance.

Further details of PhD studentships at the OU and the application process can be found here:

Initially, applications for studentships will be assessed for a place on the Open University’s PhD programme. Successful applicants will then be forwarded to studentship panels for further assessment and ranking.

Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree applications, including for studentships, is 11 January 2017.

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For further information about the research group or to find out more about studying with us, please complete our online form or sign up to our email list.
We aim to reply to all enquiries within a week.

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