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Studentship opportunity

This studentship allows you to develop a dynamic and original project in the field of cultural heritage.

This studentship allows you to develop a dynamic and original project in the field of cultural heritage. Applicants may embrace an inclusive, open-ended approach to heritage research in History, English Literature, Arts, Cultural Management, and/or related fields, and should aim to design a proposal intended to maximise cross-fertilisation between disciplines and between the academy and the public. The MRes programme will allow you to work alongside students from a range of disciplines, developing and extending your research skills through tuition and support from a wide range of research-active staff in the Faculty. The studentship will culminate in an interdisciplinary thesis that will draw extensively on a wide range of approaches to cultural heritage. The MRes in Cultural Heritage is the ideal preparation for further study at doctoral level.

Heritage Studies at Northumbria
At Northumbria we work closely with local and national heritage partners. Our partners contribute to both teaching and research and our academic staff have experience working in and engaging with museums and galleries.

Heritage Studies at Northumbria has particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Commemoration and collective memory (celebration and ritual at heritage sites; memories of women and minority groups; literary heritage and cultural tourism; dark tourism; memorials, sculpture and public art; war and memorialisation)
  • Migration and diaspora history (associational culture; cultural transfer; roots tourism; material culture; ethnic associations)
  • Museum history and heritage conservation and management (historic houses; histories of galleries and exhibitions; archives and collections; conserving urban heritage)
  • Public history and historical interpretation
  • Heritage-making and representational practices (performance, mediation, pedagogy, politics)

Our staff provide advice and consultancy for the sector and the government, organise and contribute to arts and cultural festivals, curate exhibitions and design heritage interpretation. We undertake public engagement and heritage education work with schools, cultural organisations and community groups. As an MRes student you will join with this community and contribute to it through your research and the impact it will make on the wider world.

Principal Supervisor

You will be allocated a supervisor with expertise in your project. Teaching as part of the MRes will include tuition in research skills and project development and will draw on a wide range of staff in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences.


Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject) from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Funding Information

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for one year (in 2014/15 this is £9861) and Home/EU fees.

How to Apply

Please use the Apply Now link at the top of the page to complete an online application form.

Entry to the programme is conditional on achieving a first class or upper second BA (Hons) degree, usually in a relevant related discipline, on submission of a 500-word proposal which may be followed by a formal interview and one satisfactory academic reference. 

Students should submit a 500-word proposal outlining their research project to by Friday 15th May 2015.

If your proposal is assessed as a suitable research topic you will then be contacted to attend an interview.

Deadline for applications is 15th May; the course will start in September 2015.

Contacts and Enquiries

Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to Dr David Stewart via email

For admissions advice or advice on how to apply please contact our admission department via the below contact methods;

UK/EU Applicants Contact Details: TEL: 0191 227 4444

International Applicants Contact Details: TEL: 00 44 191 227 4274

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