The Department of History covers a broad range of the political and social history of Britain and Europe from the late middle ages to the present, with additional expertise in imperial history and in heritage studies. It has particular strengths in policing and crime (embedded in a multidisciplinary research group), medical history, and imperial history (supported by the University’s multidisciplinary Ferguson Centre for Asian and African Studies). We welcome applications from students interested in studying full- or part-time for a PhD in early modern, modern, international, heritage, imperial or medical history.
The University houses an important archive of material for police history collected from individuals and organisations from the police service.
The Open University’s library offers outstanding access to one of the UK’s largest collections of online resources, and our postgraduate students benefit from access to collections of both primary and secondary source materials, online journals, periodicals, and other online publications.
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