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British and Irish history since the 18th century

The research interests of members in this area range widely, from manufacturers to masculinity. Dr Robin Mackie specialises in business history, and relations between industry and science. Dr Donna Loftus covers the 19th century, with a particular focus on masculinity. Dr Amanda Goodrich focuses on 18th- and 19th-century political and cultural history, particularly political ideas. Dr Chris Williams specialises in English social history. Dr Janice Holmes extends the discipline's interests to modern Irish history, women’s history and history of religion. Students may benefit from links with interdisciplinary research groups in policing and crime.

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 us (details below).

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

At least a 2:1 in a relevant degree plus a masters degree, or equivalent evidence of ability to write and research at a high level, or a first class degree with a dissertation element.

Further information

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

Dr Silvia De Renzi
+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.