Centre for Death & Society

Work with us



Our members are all either employees of the Univeristy of Bath or academics with official Visiting Status.

We are always looking for new staff to join our researchers in the Centre for Death & Society.

The best way to work with us is to first work in an academic post within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences or one of the University’s other departments.


There are currently no jobs available within the Centre for Death & Society

Current staff vacancies at the University of Bath can be found on our jobs pages.


A number of funding opportunities are now available within the Graduate School in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; see the website for full details.

There are a limited number of schemes and so the process is extremely competitive. Successful applicants will normally have an extremely strong first degree, a complete research proposal and references and a strong application.  Contact us if you would like to discuss this in advance of an application. We always welcome applicants for self-funded research studentships, please see our research student page for further information and how to apply. A career in death studies If you are considering an academic career in death studies, be aware that death studies does not exist as a discipline. While death and society may be your prime and even lifelong research interest, you will need to develop your career within an established discipline, such as:

  • anthropology

  • religious studies

  • sociology

  • social work.

More specifically, every seven years each British university submits to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in some (but rarely all) of the disciplines represented at the university. To gain a lectureship or chair in a British university, you will need four good journal articles that contribute to one of its REF disciplines. At the University of Bath, the 2020 REF will probably include social policy, social work, and psychology, but not sociology or anthropology. You will also need a track record of gaining research funding, and increasingly you will need to demonstrate that your research has made an impact outside academia.

Research collaborations

Our Research Associates are colleagues both from across the University of Bath, and from outside the University, who actively collaborate with us in research. Please contact us if you would like to discuss becoming an associate.

We receive a number of requests from people without research training who would like us to advise them on how to conduct small scale research projects. Regretfully, we do not have the capacity to help in this regard.

If you have a degree and wish to gain training in research, please consult our MRes and PhD pages.