(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
Research interests in this area include a variety of aspects of social, political and cultural history in Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe between 1550 and 1750. Dr Gemma Allen is interested in the political, religious and cultural history of 16th- and early-17th-century England, particularly the study of early modern women. The government, elites and politics, religion and warfare in Elizabethan England are the focus of Dr Neil Younger’s research. Dr Suzanne Forbes studies early modern Irish social and political history. Dr Silvia De Renzi is interested in the history of early modern Italy, in particular the intersections between knowledge, religion and power. Dr Sara Wolfson specialises in the seventeenth century, particularly the court of Charles I, Stuart-Bourbon relations and Gender History.
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.
Potential research projects
If you would like to discuss a proposal for a research project, please contact us.
Current/recent research projects
- Christopher Mains, Espionage, the Monarchical Republic & the Career of Sir Robert Cecil, 1590–1603
- Holly Harrod, Religion, Education and Charity in Early Modern England: Archdeacon Robert Johnson and his Grammar Schools, 1575–1630
- Amy Moore, Oxford 1575–1640; Town, Crown and People
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,596 per year
||Full time: £11,666 per year
|Part time: £2,298 per year
||Part time: £5,833 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, visit Fees and studentships.
To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.