Funded PhD Opportunity Museum and Heritage Studies

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Subject: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies


Museum and heritage studies is an inter-disciplinary field attracting interest from areas such as history, education, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, cultural policy and both historical and cultural geography. This diverse range adds to the vibrancy of the subject and has enabled us to develop a truly innovative field of analysis.

PhD research projects should have the potential to make a focused contribution and deepen our understanding of the role, value and impact of the heritage and or museum sectors.

We welcome applications in the following areas: diversity issues and the heritage sector; representation of the Northern Ireland conflict in museums and on the heritage landscape; collection histories and development; learning and the museum; and the evaluation of contemporary policy relating to museums and heritage.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project
  • Experience of presentation of research findings


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

The Doctoral College at Ulster University

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Current PhD researchers and an alumnus shared their experiences, career development and the social impact of their work at the launch of the Doctoral College at Ulster University.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
Mid-March 2019


Magee campus

Magee campus
A key player in the economy of the north west

Contact Supervisor

Professor Elizabeth Crooke

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