Two Archaeology PhD studentships are on offer based at Exeter and Cranfield Forensic Institute.

PhD studentships available for split-site Archaeology programme with Cranfield Forensic Institute.

The Archaeology Department at Exeter has established a research partnership with the Cranfield Forensic Institute which includes funding for studentships on a split-site PhD programme in Archaeology.

Two studentships are on offer – one to study for a PhD primarily based at and awarded by Exeter (Streatham Campus), the other to study at Cranfield (Shrivenham Campus). Both will involve supervision and access to facilities on both campuses. The value of each award is £14,553 plus UK/EU tuition fees.

The collaboration between two institutions, each with diverse yet complementary research profiles, allows for in-depth study with academic experts in the relevant fields in both places, thus enhancing the experience of undertaking doctoral study.

Professor Alan Outram (Exeter) and Professor Andrew Shortland comment: “We are very excited by this new collaboration. Whilst Exeter has a wide-ranging skills base for studying the archaeology of different periods around the world, Cranfield brings impressive expertise in archaeological materials science and other key areas where forensic and archaeological sciences overlap. Our skills and facilities complement each other to produce an exceptional research environment for research students and staff alike.”

Research topics for which candidates can apply are listed below (one studentship will be awarded to the best application submitted for topics 1-3 which are based in Exeter, and a further studentship for topics 4-6, which are based in Cranfield). 

1)      Sites, movement and the ideology of destruction in modern war zones

2)      Technological change and innovation: Ausewell Wood, Dartmoor – an early industrial metallurgical ‘laboratory’

3)      Preserving evidence for presentation: the efficacy of modern technologies such as 3D scans for archaeological and forensic purposes.

4)      Medieval Ceramic Archaeometry in Lower Austria

5)      Filling the Gap - An Analytical Study of Dental Fillings (1900-1950) and Their Applications in Victim Identification.

6)      New approaches to enhanced archaeological bone characterisation.


The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. Further details, including how to apply, can be found here.

Date: 27 March 2017

Read more University News