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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 and from political ideas to the making of British identities. 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 British social and administrative history. Dr Janice Holmes extends the discipline's interests to modern Irish history, particularly religious local and gender history. Dr Marsden is interested in how ideas about the past have helped to shape identities in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present day. Dr Anna Plassart researches the history of political ideas in France and Britain. 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.

Current/recent research projects

Frank Hughes, Captives of the System: The Commissioners in Lunacy as Regulators of Services for Pauper Lunatics and Idiots, 1845-1914

Joan Hornsby, Managing Pauperism and Poverty in Axminster Union 1860-1901

Katherine Lucas, The Influence of the French Revolution on the Political Thinking of Wolfe Tone

Louise Rylan-Epton, Welfare Innovation in the Late Eighteenth Century: Gilbert’s Act Workhouses 1782-1834

Further information

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

Dr Luc-André Brunet
+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.