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English and creative writing
Early modern and Romantic period literature

Early modern and Romantic period literature

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October January
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
Application period

Early Modern period research is under The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group. Our research interests embrace a broad geographical area, covering developments across Europe and further afield. The group fosters a supportive environment within which staff and students can develop, exchange and collaborate in their studies of the medieval and early modern periods. We promote medieval and early modern studies through The Open University’s undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group.

18th century and Romantic period research has a long history at The Open University, through The Romantic Period Research Group (2010–2015) and more recently, the current RÊVE (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition project (part of European Romanticisms in Association), and the Dreaming Romantic Europe AHRC funded project (2018–2020), both led by Professor Nicola J Watson. Particular interests include travel-writing and literary tourism; romantic women writers; slavery and slave-narratives; the romantic book; romanticism and material culture; the representation of vagrancy; late eighteenth century portraiture; sentimentalism; Tobias Smollett; Scottish Enlightenment writing; and the relationship of philosophy and literature.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Current research projects

  • Gender and Genre in Shakespeare’s Treatment of Silence
  • Terror(ism) and early modern drama: the representation of political violence on the early modern stage

Potential supervisors

16th and 17th century and Romantic period:

18th century and Romantic period:

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
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.


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Dr Molly Ziegler

Email: FASS-EnglishCreativeWriting-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 652092

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