Professional Doctorate in DPhil in English Local History

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    Local history has for more than twenty years formed one of the largest programmes within the Department for Continuing Education. The subject has proved an interesting, rewarding and accessible area of historical studies that has enabled many mature students to become directly involved in individual research. At undergraduate level the Department has, since 1980, offered a Diploma course and, in 1999, introduced a pioneering Internet-delivered Advanced Diploma.

    The MSc and DPhil programmes have been a natural progression for the Department, drawing on knowledge and skills acquired in many years of providing specialist classes in local history, and profiting from close links with local, social and economic historians elsewhere in the University. The Department introduced a part-time, taught Master’s course in English Local History in 1993. In 1995 it inaugurated, on a pilot basis, a part-time doctoral programme in three subjects, one of which was local history. In 2001 the University judged the pilot scheme to have been successful and confirmed the programme. The MSc and DPhil programmes are overseen by the University’s Continuing Education Board, and admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All postgraduate students on these courses are now members of the Department’s new Graduate School.

    Supervision on the DPhil programme is provided by specialist tutors from the Department and elsewhere in Oxford, and further afield. An impression of interests represented in the Department’s teaching and research supervision can be seen in the Advanced Paper subjects offered as part of the Master’s course:

    • Power and patronage in the later medieval localities
    • Kinship, culture and community: provincial elites in early modern England
    • Poverty and the Poor Law in England 1660-1800
    • Enclosure and rural change, 1750-1850
    • Religion and community in England, 1830-1914.

    The part-time DPhil regulations require a minimum period of four years'part-time study (equivalent to two years' full-time). Typically, students take about six years to complete the DPhil. The MSc in English Local History is recommended as preparation for the DPhil* and students building on MSc work usually complete more quickly.

    Research students may be required to undertake appropriate research training provided within the University. In addition, they will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research, involving wide and intense reading, data collection and analysis, and writing.

    For further course information visit the Department for Continuing Education website.

    For fees and application process visit the Oxford University's Graduate Admissions website.

    Visit the DPhil in English Local History page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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