The History discipline at The Open University has expertise in the history of medicine in Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe from 1500 to 1900. Dr Deborah Brunton focuses on public health policies at the intersection between urban growth and medicine. Dr Silvia De Renzi works on medical knowledge and physicians’ authority in early modern Italy and on the history of legal medicine; she is also interested in comparing the developments of medical knowledge and provision in early modern Europe and Britain. Dr Ole Peter Grell explores the broader relationships between medicine and natural philosophy, health care and poor relief, and medicine and religion in early modern England and Europe.
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).
PhD or MPhil
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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.