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Early Modern Studies MPhil/ PhD

If you are interested in completing a PhD in Early Modern Studies we can help you identify an appropriate supervisor.

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We have over forty leading scholars associated with Early Modern Studies at UCL. Email the director, Dr Alexander Samson, or the coordinator, Ms Lucy Stagg for assistance in finding a supervisor for a PhD in Early Modern Studies.

For more information on how to contact potential supervisors and write a research proposal please see UCL's guidance document (PDF, 70KB).

Research Themes

Example themes addressed include:

  • Travel, exile and migration in early modern Europe and the New World
  • Trade and flows of material as well as cultural goods within and beyond Europe
  • Translation, translators and language learning
  • Literary influences across national, provincial and linguistic borders
  • Representations of intra- and extra-European ‘others’ in literature and art
  • Religious and political interactions in the wake of the Reformation
  • Occasions of significant cultural contact and/or heightened intranational anxiety
  • The production, circulation, and collection of books and manuscripts across Europe, the emergence of libraries and the book trade
  • Dissemination and development of scientific and medical knowledge, spread and transfer of technology
  • Old worlds and New worlds, from botanical and medicinal exchanges to pathogens, people and practices, colonialism and ethnography
  • Interplay between past and present, historiography, the archaic, nostalgia and the newfangled, classical and medieval pasts, archaeology and material cultures.