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Faculty of Arts PhD Studentship - Manuscripts and Special Collections

This studentship is for students wanting to undertake a doctoral degree working on our manuscripts and special collections.

The University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections, and Centre for Research on Cuba, hold collections which have been designated as of national and international importance.

They are a major research resource in the following areas:

  • British social, political, economic and administrative history (family and estate collections)
  • History of health and medical treatment (hospital archives)
  • DH Lawrence
  • Archdeaconry of Nottingham ecclesiastical court
  • Nonconformist churches
  • Business and trade union history
  • Rivers, water supply and drainage
  • University archives
  • Medieval literary manuscripts
  • Cuba (The Hennessy Collection)
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Important dates

Application deadline: midnight 28 February 2017

Start date: September 2017

Eligibility

UK, EU and International students are welcome to apply.

Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or be close to completion) and have identified and had a preliminary discussion with a possible supervisor in the Faculty of Arts.

 

What does the award cover?

The studentship is for up to three years for full-time study (subject to satisfactory progression).

It will cover:

  • the equivalent of The University of Nottingham’s home/EU postgraduate research tuition fee (£4183*) for up to three years
  • provide a maintenance grant (stipend) – currently £14296 p.a for 2017.

* The HEU fee is estimated. The final amount will be determined by Research Councils UK and is expected to be announced in Spring 2017. 

 

More about the collections

 

Studying for a PhD in the Faculty of Arts

The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Arts is one of the UK’s major training centres for postgraduate students. Arts Faculty academics in fourteen disciplines offer a wealth of supervisory expertise and experience, and we provide a wide portfolio of tailor-made training opportunities for our research students. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary research.

The Faculty of Arts is part of the vibrant AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, hosts many joint ‘collaborative doctoral awards’ with partners such as the British Museum, The British Film Institute, the National Archives and city and county public arts services, and works closely with our international campuses and other international partners on PhD training.

How to apply

Step 1: Identify and have a preliminary conversation with a possible supervisor or contact Manuscripts and Special Collections for a discussion
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American and Canadian Studies

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  • American Literature from Colonial Period to Present
  • American History from Colonial Period to Present
  • Race, Slavery, and Civil Rights
  • Canadian Literature, Film and Culture
  • Immigrant Literature and History
  • Post 1945 US Foreign Policy

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Archaeology

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  • Archaeology of Childhood
  • Archaeology of Death
  • Archaeology of Food
  • Archaeology of Human Origins
  • Archaeology of Ritual
  • Archaeology of Standing Buildings
  • Archaeological Science
    • Ceramics
    • Scientific analysis and the production, trade and use of glass
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Bioarchaeology
    • Zooarchaeology/ Social Zooarchaeology
    • Archaeobotany/ Social Archaeobotany
    • Environmental Archaeology
  • British Archaeology (from prehistory to industrial)
  • Cave Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Roman Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Mediterranean Archaeology (from prehistory to Late Antique)
  • Prehistoric Archaeology
    • Aegean Archaeology
    • British Prehistory
    • Early Mining and Metallurgy
    • Italian Prehistory
  • Underwater and Maritime Archaeology
    • Freshwater Archaeology and Crannogs
    • Submerged or partially submerged settlements
    • Coastal and maritime-oriented societies

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Classics

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  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classical Literature
  • Classical Reception
  • Digital Technologies in the Heritage Sector
  • Greek and Roman Art and Visual Culture
  • Greek and Roman Religion and Magic
  • Greek and Roman History, Society and Culture
  • Late Antiquity

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Culture, Film and Media

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  • Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Film History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • New Media 
  • Television History, Theory, and Criticism

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English language, literature and drama

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Creative Writing including poetry, prose and drama

Drama and performance

  • Shakespeare and early modern drama with a focus on historical and contemporary performance histories
  • Nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century theatre, including modernism and the avant-garde
  • Audience and reception studies
  • Theatrical place and space
  • Theatre history and historiography
  • Playwriting and digital performance
  • Collaborative research with creative economy partners

Historical language study·

  • place-names

Health Humanities

Individual authors including Richard Brome, Jonathan Swift, Robert Southey, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, D. H. Lawrence, Seán O’Casey, Virginia Woolf, J. M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, David Dabydeen, and Caryl Phillips.

Medieval Studies

  • Old English language and literature
  • Middle English and Older Scots language and literature

Modern English language

  • applied linguistics
  • corpus stylistics
  • corpus linguistics 
  • discourse analysis
  • literary linguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • sociolinguistics

Old Norse and Viking Studies

Modern Literary Studies

  • the Renaissance
  • the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Romanticism
  • the Nineteenth Century
  • Modernism
  • the Contemporary

Postcolonial literatures including the literature of British India

Regional literature and culture

  • Irish Writing
  • Scottish Writing
  • Literary Geographies

Text-editing (all periods from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day)

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History

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  • Administrative History
  • Cultural History
  • Design: History, Theory and Practice
  • Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Drama and Theatre Studies: Theatre and History
  • Economic History
  • Environmental History
  • History of Ideas
  • History of Gender, Women and Sexuality
  • History of Law, Crime and Punishment
  • History of Memory
  • History of Science/Medicine/Technology
  • Imperial/Colonial History
  • Political History
  • Religious History
  • Social History
  • Theatre and History
  • Urban History
  • War Studies

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History of Art and Visual Culture

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Nicholas Alfrey


  • British art 1800 - present 
  • Romanticism (including Anglo-French exchanges) 
  • Landscape

Lucy Bradnock

  • American art post-1945, especially the art and visual culture of California 
  • Art and American regional identity (especially California and Midwest) 
  • Beat culture and counterculture 
  • The legacies of surrealism
  • Performance art and experimental theatre

Ting Chang 

  • Histories of collecting 
  • 19th-century French art 
  • Mobility, travel and cultural exchange 
  • Spectatorship

Fintan Cullen 

  • Irish art
  • Nationalism
  • Portraiture
  • Caricature
  • Art and national identity in Britain and Ireland from the mid-18th century
  • Display, museums and collecting

Gaby Neher

  • Renaissance Venice
  • Gender 
  • Space/Urban Landscape
  • Memory 
  • Identity

Lara Pucci

  • Italian landscape in the 20th century
  • Fascism, communism, Italian art 
  • European avant-garde film

Mark Rawlinson

  • 20th-century American modernism 
  • 20th-century/contemporary American photography 
  • Critical theory and visual theory 
  • Landscape 
  • American Visual Culture

Jeremy Wood 

  • study, imitation and collecting of Italian art in Northern Europe during the 17th century, especially Rubens 
  • 17th-century British art, in particular on art and patronage at the court of Charles I

Richard Wrigley 

  • French art from the ancien regime to the mid-19th century 
  • the visual culture of the French Revolution, and the Restoration Criticism 
  • Writing on art, Italian travel, especially to Rome 
  • Photography in 19th-century Rome

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Modern Languages 

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  • Area Studies
  • Asiatic and Oriental Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture 
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Gender and Feminist Studies
  • German Studies (including Dutch)
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
  • Intellectual History
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Memory Studies and Lifewriting
  • Middle Eastern and African Studies
  • Post-Colonial Studies
  • Russian, Slavonic, and East European Studies
  • Translation Studies

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Music

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  • Classical
  • Composition (including computer-aided and electroacoustic composition)
  • Contemporary performance practice
  • Early music
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film music
  • History of music
  • Jazz 
  • Music and health
  • Music and history
  • Music and society
  • Music in contemporary culture
  • Musical performance
  • Musicology
  • Opera
  • Performance with electronics
  • Popular music
  • Traditional music

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Philosophy

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  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Ethics (including Meta-ethics and Normative Ethics)
  • Political Philosophy (including Philosophy of Law)
  • Philosophy of Science (including Philosophy of Medicine)
  • Epistemology
  • Feminism
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Formal and Philosophical Logic
  • Topics in the History of Philosophy

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Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies

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  • Biblical Theology
  • Church History
  • Contemporary Christianity in Britain
  • Hebrew Bible
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • History of Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Islam
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Judaism
  • Liturgy
  • Medieval Theology – both Christian and Muslim
  • Modern Theology
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • Patristics
  • Qur'anic studies
  • Relationship of Islam to Judaism and Christianity
  • Religion and Society
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Rabbinic Judaism
  • Second Temple Judaism (History, Archaeology, Theology)
  • Theology and Politics
  • Theology and Science
  • Theology and Music
  • Theology and the Arts

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Step 2: Apply for a place to study at The University of Nottingham

Step 3: Complete the online funding application form (deadline midnight 28 February 2017)

Step 4: Ask your referees to complete a reference form and email it to arts-admin@nottingham.ac.uk (deadline midnight 28 February 2017)

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