(MPhil also available)
|Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
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 Richard 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. Dr Suzanne Forbes covers Irish political culture with a focus on the eighteenth century. 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.
Most successful applicants to the PhD programme have a masters degree in history or a related discipline, and/or a first class history degree with a substantial original-source dissertation. However, applicants can still be considered provided they demonstrate evidence of the ability to pursue research and write at a high level in some historical field.
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 Ryland-Epton, Welfare Innovation in the Late Eighteenth Century: Gilbert’s Act Workhouses 1782–1834
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,500 per year
||Full time: £11,426 per year
|Part time: £2,250 per year
||Part time: £5,715 per year
Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.