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Eighteenth-century art

Study Eighteenth centure visual cultures with The Open University

Several members of the department carry out research projects in 18th-century art, architecture and design. A particular focus of interest is the revival of interest in eighteenth-century architecture and design in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). MA or equivalent.

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects

  • The Burford Masons and the changing world of building practice in England, c.1630-1730
  • Irish Travelling Artists: Ireland, Southern Asia and the British Empire 1760-1850
  • The Image of the Beggar in Britain c. 1760 to 1815

Potential supervisors

Further information

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

Dr. Emma Barker
+44 (0)1908 652479

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