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Early modern Britain and Europe

Members of the History discipline researching early modern history have an interest in a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe in the period 1550–1750. Their research areas include knowledge, religion and power in the Italian states (Dr Silvia De Renzi); social and cultural history of the European Reformation, especially in northern Germany and Scandinavia, and Calvinist emigration (Dr Ole Peter Grell); political, religious and cultural history of 16th- and early-17th-century England, particularly the study of early-modern women (Dr Gemma Allen); the government, elites and politics, government, religion and warfare in Elizabethan England (Dr Neil Younger); and gender in Britain and Ireland c.1550–c.1750, particularly women and wealth in the early years of the financial revolution (Professor Anne Laurence).

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.

Potential research projects

If you would like to discuss a proposal for a research project please contact us.

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.