Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP), of which we are a member, was awarded in excess of £14 million of funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council in 2013.

Since September 2014, the SWWDTP has been training a new kind of researcher to reshape the output and impact of arts and humanities research over the next decade. The programme is designed to raise the aspirations of students by equipping them with the skills needed to become future leaders in academia and industry. The SWWDTP is working to recruit and train more than 200 fully-funded doctoral students over the course of the five year SWW DTP grant.

Benefits of collaboration

SWWDTP award holders will benefit from collaboration between eight leading research universities, as well a dedicated programme, the Professional Arts & Humanities Researcher, offering unrivalled access to prestige organisations representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors. Examples of these collaborations include:

  • BBC
  • English Heritage
  • National Library of Wales
  • National Trust
  • British School at Rome
  • local partners including the Roman Baths and Pump Room, the Holburne Museum, and Arnos Vale Cemetery.

In addition to the usual facilities, supervision and opportunities provided for doctoral students at the University of Bath, SWWDTP award holders will benefit from co-supervision by a specialist from another university in the Partnership, and from participation in an innovative collaborative training programme.

The SWW DTP will be awarding up to 56 doctoral studentships in the Arts and Humanities for entry in September 2017. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP.

Opportunities at Bath

At Bath we have a supervisory capacity in AHRC-facing subject areas of some 22 plus potential PhD supervisors, comprising researchers who are leaders in their fields.

Supervision opportunities in relevant subjects

We have particular expertise in interdisciplinary and praxis-oriented work on political cultures and identities, European memory politics, contemporary European history, cultural diplomacy, European film, text and image, literature and environment, digital design, architectural history, and heritage and conservation.

We welcome approaches from candidates with PhD projects in these and other related areas, and will be pleased to provide support with the preparation of your application for a studentship and programme of study.

Apply for a studentship

Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration for a Studentship, typically you should have;

  • achieved at least an upper second or equivalent in your first degree, and
  • completed (or currently be completing) a master’s qualification or equivalent programme of research preparation (specific levels of achievement may be required), and
  • meet the entrance requirements for the specific degree for which you are applying (see step 3 below)

Alternative qualifications and experience can be considered.

Studentship

The studentship will cover the following (subject to residency requirements outlined by the AHRC and RCUK guides:

  • Stipend at the standard Research Council rate (currently £14,296 per-annum for 2016/17)
  • Tuition fees waiver (Home/EU rate)

Please note, applicants from EU countries will be notified immediately of any change of status as a result of UK government policy.

Do you want to find out more?

Apply to attend the SWW DTP Information Day in Cardiff on Monday 28 November 2016.

How to apply (for funding and the PhD programme)

You need to apply for funding direct to the SWW DTP and separately for a programme of study direct to the University of Bath.

Make contact with a potential supervisor at the University of Bath to discuss and refine your research proposal. (See the Supervision Opportunities for your subject area above)

  1. Apply to study at the University of Bath - deadline for applications 12 noon (GMT) Thursday 12 January 2017.
    You will need to apply for the PhD programme in the Department in which your preferred supervisor is located. Follow the link from your preferred supervisor to identify their department and then select the PhD from either:
  2. Complete the University of Bath Funding Request Form (at the same time as applying to study) to indicate your wish to apply for this studentship, as well as providing your 500-word Personal Statement.
     
  3. Apply for a studentship (AHRC funding) from the SWW DTP. The funding competition opens on Tuesday 29 November 2016 and closes at 12 noon (GMT) Thursday 12 January 2017. More information about the funding application process will follow shortly on the SWW DTP site.

It is expected that interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in the week commencing 13 March 2017 and that successful applicants will be notified by early April 2017.
 

Modern Languages

Our research at the University of Bath is concentrated on:

  • the culture and politics of memory - such as the policies and practices of commemoration, reparation and reconciliation after conflict and dictatorship; theoretical approaches to the study of memory and society; remembering in text and film
  • cultural diplomacy
  • identity discourses and practices - such as the discourses of local, national and transnational identity, and of gender/ethnic identity; place and identity in contemporary writing; migration museums; national identity in cinema and women’s writing
  • narratives of social and environmental change; intercultural comparisons; frame and discourse analysis, and their application to forms of cultural production

Potential Supervisors

Staff Theme(s):Subtheme(s) Research
Professor Anna Bull Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society History and memory of conflict, especially Italy; national/regional identity construction; narrative identity; memory of conflict; political cultures and subcultures
Dr David Clarke Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society
Modern Literary Studies
Translation Studies
Memory politics, especially memory of the GDR/ communism; cultural diplomacy
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society Spanish political discourse; populism (co-supervisor)
Dr Adalgisa Giorgio Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society
Modern Literary Studies
Translation Studies
Italian women's writing; gender issues in Italy; Italian identity and migration; Neapolitan identity
Professor Axel Goodbody Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society
Modern Literary Studies
German literature and environment; climate change fiction; ecocritical theory; cultural framing environmental discourse; place and identity
Dr Christina Horvath Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society

20th/21st century French culture; the city/banlieu; urban literature 

Dr Paul Kennedy Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society 20th century Spanish political discourse
Dr Jorge Marco Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society Politics of Memory in Spain and Latin America; Violence in Spain and Latin America; Guerrilla Warfare (Co-supervisor)
Dr Aurelien Mondon Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society Race, racism and nationalism; populism in France
Dr Nina Parish Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society
Modern Literary Studies
Visual Cultures
Translation Studies
Text and image – French Literature/ visual arts (modernism, avant-gardes, poetry, digital practice, the artist’s book); text and image; museums of migration
Dr Steve Wharton Modern & Contemporary European Culture and Society France in the Second World War; contemporary social movements (LGBT activism in Britain and France); propaganda and political communication

History & History of Art

Our academic staff at the University of Bath have special expertise in contemporary European history, with particular strengths in:

  • conflict, war, violence
  • the politics of memory - especially memory of conflict and totalitarian regimes
  • museums/photography as vectors informing our understanding of the past
  • the extreme right in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • political discourses
  • contemporary Spanish and Latin American history
  • contemporary Russian history

We also offer special expertise in architectural history, in particular in relation to:

  • the classical tradition
  • the architectural treatise
  • heritage and the conservation of historic buildings and landscapes

Potential Supervisors

Staff Theme(s): Subtheme(s) Research
Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero
  • Global and Colonial/Postcolonial
  • Economic & Social
Populist discourse in Argentina and Brazil; post-transition society in Latin America
Prof David J. Galbreath
  • Global and Colonial/Postcolonial
Conflict research; History of war; War, technology and society
Professor Vaughan Hart
  • Early Modern History
Italian architectural treatises; British architectural history of the Renaissance and Baroque periods
Dr Jorge Marco
  • 20th Century Europe
Politics of Memory in Spain and Latin America; Violence in Spain and Latin America; Guerrilla Warfare (co-supervisor)
Dr David Moon
  • 20th Century British History
Political theory; discourse analysis (co-supervisor)
Dr Robert Proctor
  • 20th Century British History
Architectural History and Theory
Dr John Troyer
  • History of Art
  • Medial Humanities
Death studies; aesthetics and death
Mark Wilson Jones
  • Ancient History
History of Architecture; Architectural Design; Greek and Roman Architecture; Classical Architecture

Visual Cultures

Our research at the University of Bath is concentrated on:

  • ancient architecture
  • landscape gardening
  • 19th and 20th century architecture
  • European cinema (French and German)
  • text and image/the artist’s book

Potential Supervisors

Staff Theme(s): Subtheme(s) Research
Dr David Clarke
  • Drama, film and TV
  • Modern Languages
  • European film (German)
Professor Peter Hall
  • Visual arts
  • History of art
  • Archaeology
  • Aesthetics
  • Analysis
  • Computational Assistance
Dr Marion Harney
  • History of Art
  • History and Conservation of Gardens, Buildings and Landscapes
Professor Vaughan Hart
  • History of Art
  • Italian architectural treatises; British architectural history of the Renaissance and Baroque periods
Professor Eamonn O'Neill
  • Archaeology
  • Drama, Film & TV
  • History, History of art
  • Medical humanities
  • Visual arts
  • Digital cultural heritage; augmented reality; virtual reality; 3D interaction; 3D modelling; museums
Dr Nina Parish
  • Modern Languages
  • Visual Arts
  • Text and image – French Literature/ visual arts (modernism, avant-gardes, poetry, digital practice, the artist’s book); text and image; museums of migration.
Dr Robert Proctor
  • History of Art
  • Architectural History and Theory in the 19th and 20th centuries
Dr Leon Watts
  • Visual Arts
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-mediated communication (CMC), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW)
Dr Steve Wharton
  • Drama, film and TV
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Occupied France, especially propaganda and film
Professor Phil Willis
  • Visual Arts
  • Colour graphics, virtual reality, computer animation, visual effects and algorithms to support 2D and 3D manipulation of film images.
Mark Wilson Jones
  • History of Art
  • History of Architecture
  • Architectural Design
  • Greek and Roman Architecture
  • Classical Architecture

Theology & Religious Studies

Potential supervisors

Staff Theme(s): Subtheme(s) Research
Dr Séverine Deneulin
  • Christian theology
  • Social ethics, political theology

Current research projects

Staff Project
Professor Anna Bull Memory of conflict and terrorism
Dr David Clarke Remembering the Victims of State Socialism in the German Democratic Republic
Prof Bill Durodie The Politics of Warning: Dynamics of Fatigue and Complacency
Professor David J. Galbreath War, technology and society
Dr Adalgisa Giorgio Motherhood in Europe Network (AHRC)
Italian identity among migrants in New Zealand
The Italian mother (AHRC network)
Professor Axel Goodbody Stories of Change: Exploring energy and community in past, present and future (AHRC)
Dr Marion Harney Reconstruction of Fonthill Abbey
Reconstruction of Deepdene landscape garden
Dr Aurélien Mondon History of the Australian extreme right
Dr Nina Parish Contemporary French poetic practice: An interdisciplinary approach
Curating social history museums
Suitcases, Boats and Bridges: Telling migrant stories in Australian museums