School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Postgraduate

    We offer both MA by Research and taught MA programmes. You’ll join an inspiring research community which strongly supports interdisciplinary creative practices and practice-led research.

    Our postgraduate courses also provide an excellent foundation for those seeking to advance their studies with an MA by Research or MPhil/PhD in History, History of Art, Philosophy, Religion and Communication, Media and Culture. Currently 50% of our PhD students have MAs from Oxford Brookes.

    The history of medicine, the philosophy of action, media identities, pre-Raphaelite art, and religion in the 18th century are just some of our areas of research excellence. You will be joining renowned academics doing inspiring work.

    Our taught courses

  • Leading lights

    Our leading academics will share their enthusiasm and passion for their subjects:

    • Professor Roger Griffin is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on the socio-historical and ideological dynamics of fascism, and political and religious fanaticism. He recently gave the opening talk at the Academy of Social Sciences of Budapest to commemorate the Hungarian Holocaust and has also presented on the history of terrorism to the Home Office.
    • Professor David Nash researches blasphemy, links between religion and crime, and the history of radicalism.
    • Dr Marius Turda focuses on the history of eugenics, anthropology, racism and biopolitics from around 1800 to 1945, especially in central and south-eastern Europe.
    • Professor Christiana Payne is an expert on pre-Raphaelite art and curated an exhibition called ‘The Power of the Sea’ at the Royal West of England Gallery in 2014.
    • Professor Joanne Begiato, who has appeared on both BBC2 and BBC4, specialises in the history of the family, marriage, masculinities and other related areas She encourages students to investigate topics from novel angles such as exploring exotic groceries and the meaning of men’s clothes in masculine identity.

    Reputations and resources

    • In the last Research Excellence Framework, Oxford Brookes’ historians were rated highly with 78% of research judged either world leading or internationally excellent.
    • Being in Oxford you will have access to one of the world‘s great libraries, the Bodleian, plus the Ashmolean Museum and other resources.
    • Our seminar series are an essential and vibrant part of the research and extra-curricular activities of the department. They include seminars on the History of Art and History of Medicine, as well as our Philosophy lecture series organised by the Royal Institute of Philosophy branch at Brookes in association with the Blackwell’s bookshop.
    • Brookes’ partnerships provide recent graduates with opportunities to gain valuable experience and form connections with potential employers.
    History Profile

    Staff Profile: uncovering criminal history

    Anne-Marie Kilday is the only professor of criminal history in Britain. Her teaching brings to life violent crime down the ages, exploring why humans commit criminal acts – and their effect on others, including pathologists and police investigators.

    Students are encouraged to contribute to her consultancy work and to publish in popular publications such as History Today to give their work tangible impact.

    Recently this has included research for the BBC Ripper Street series and a series on convicts, as well as a four-part BBC Radio Scotland programme, The Killing Time.

    Jack the Ripper, the Kray twins and the Mafia are studied on the course and topics range from organised crime and terrorism to the psychology of crime and punishment.

    The MA module, Behaving Badly: Crime, Deviance and Civilization, asks questions about cases of wrong-doing including those in society today. Why, for instance, has there been a proliferation of serial killings since 1960? This module will help you uncover the reasons…