Postgraduate study with CREMS  

Postgraduate study is at the very heart of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies.  Every year we attract new students, from the UK or from further afield, to study with us and become part of our academic community. 

CREMS is home to a dynamic community of postgraduate students engaged in a wide variety of courses and research projects.  We offer a range of full- and part-time taught and research degrees to a mixture of applicants, from recent graduates to mature students returning to academic study after careers in other areas.

Whether you are interested in further study to gain additional qualifications, in order to pursue a career in academia, or simply because you have a passion for your subject, CREMS offers a wide range of expertise in a friendly and supportive environment.  See below for a video about the Centre's postgraduate programmes, details of the courses we offer, and testimonies from former students.

The following degree programs are offered:

History (Early Modern History 1500 -1800) MA

Are you interested in exploring the history of sixteenth-, seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Britain, Europe and the wider world?

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Postgraduate research

CREMS staff also currently supervise  PhD dissertations on a wide range of topics, and would be happy to hear from any prospective doctoral students. 

Prospective research students should also note that PhD funding in early modern history is available through Birmingham's membership of the AHRC midlands4cities consortium.  For more information, view the funding website, or just send us an email.

See the list of staff research interests for more information about the range of topics we are able to supervise. 


Being a part of CREMS has enabled me to constantly broaden my research horizons. Each member of staff brings their own expertise and knowledge to the field. Indeed, the broad research interests and interdisciplinary approach to early modern studies of the whole CREMS community is part of what attracted me to Birmingham in the first place. The interdisciplinary set-up also gives postgraduates access to world class scholars across subjects and my research is being co-supervised by Dr Tara Hamling (History) and Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute). The lively research seminars cover a wide range of topics and encourage friendly and thoughtful debate which continuously challenges my assumptions and raises interesting new questions for my own research. By bringing together students and staff in this way, CREMS has helped me to feel less isolated and has provided me with an exciting base from which to pursue my doctoral research and other academic projects- Sophie Cope, Second Year PhD Student

The best things about my programme are my supervisory team, the postgraduate community, and the research culture here at Birmingham- Zoe Screti, Second Year PhD Student