Postgraduate funding

Department of Education & Professional Studies & Natural History Museum Collaborative Studentship

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to residents of the following countries
    All Nationalities
  • Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) (with distinction) in the social sciences or a related field (including some research experience such as at Master’s level);
  • A good honours degree in a relevant subject;
  • Experience of working (paid or unpaid) in museums or science centres;
  • Creativity, imagination and enthusiasm;
  • Strong inter-personal skills and evidence of effective team-working.
  • Applicable subjects
    Social science, Education, Culture, Media & Creative Industries

Application details

Applications may be submitted
19-Mar-2014 until 15-Apr-2014

Information about the funding

Researching public engagement with and learning of science through digital technologies and/or social media at the Natural History Museum

Sponsored by King’s College London and the Natural History Museum

The Department of Education & Professional Studies are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic student to undertake a PhD focusing on an aspect of public engagement and the use of digital technologies and/or social media at the Natural History Museum. The specific research topic will be decided by King’s College London and the Natural History Museum together with the successful applicant through a modified Delphi exercise – a consensus building activity.

The studentship will be supervised within the Department of Educational and Professional Studies, a top-rated research department (with 65% of research activity regarded as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2008 RAE) with an international reputation in science education and engagement. The Natural History Museum is world-renowned for its collections, scientific research and public engagement. It attracts over five million visitors through its doors each year, and over seven million unique visitors to its website. Video-conferencing, interactive exhibits, web applications and other digital technologies already underpin and enhance the visitor experience, and will increasingly influence the ways people engage with the Museum and how they learn about science and the natural world. Relatively little is known about the impact of these technologies on the learning of science in informal environments, and so it is an exciting and dynamic area for research.

Value of award
Tuition fees at Home/EU fee rate plus annual stipend of £20,000

Specified use
The PhD studentship will be funded by the Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund at the Department of Education and Professional Studies (DEPS), King’s College London in association with further support from the Learning Strategy and Research Team in the Public Engagement Group at the Natural History Museum: the King’s College London contribution will be provided by the Rosalind Driver Research Scholarship Fund set up in honour of Professor Driver’s research concerning students’ ideas in science and carried out at Leeds University and King’s College London. In the main, the Rosalind Driver Fund will provide a funded studentship and tuition (home UK/EU rates) fees for the successful applicant. The NHM will provide a further stipend, work space within the NHM and travel/conference funding. Starting stipend of £20,000 (per annum for three years) and home/EU tuition fees (also for three years).

Students who are required to pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply but will be required to cover the difference between the home/EU and international fee level from alternative sources.

Application procedure
To apply please go to:

On the online application form, please select ‘Research degrees’ and then search for ‘Education & Professional Studies Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)’ in the ‘Enter a word from the title of your chosen programme’ box and select September 2014 as the programme start date. Please quote 'King’s/NHM' in the Research Proposal box. Please note, you do not have to submit a research proposal however the following documents are required in order for a full assessment of your application to be made:

  • Official final academic transcripts (in English) for all completed undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Transcripts should show modules completed, module grades obtained and your overall degree classification;
  • A personal statement explaining how your qualifications and experience have prepared you to do a PhD;
  • You are also required to provide contact details for a least two academic referees in the references section. Please note that unless you have uploaded scanned copies of signed references on academic headed notepaper, academic references can only be accepted from academic email addresses (that is, not Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.).
Closing date for applications: April 15, 2014.

Only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Contact details

If you have any enquiries please email:

Funding provider
Department of Education & Professional Studies

Please note the database is updated regularly but is a guide only and not a guarantee of funding nor an exhaustive list of all funding available.

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