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

Key facts


The Open University houses an important archive of material for police history collected from individuals and organisations from the police service.

The University’s library offers outstanding access to one of the UK’s largest collections of online resources, and our postgraduate students benefit from access to collections of both primary and secondary source materials, online journals, periodicals, and other online publications.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Luc-André Burnet
+44 (0)1908 653266

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.