Conservation of Cultural Heritage
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD projects only
School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences
February and October
Applications accepted all year round
On this self-funded PhD programme, you'll examine how different types of rock decay can be linked to industrial pollution, weather patterns and climate change.
It is supervised by Dr Robert Inkpen, Reader in Physical Geography and academic lead for Geoconservation and Heritage in the Centre of Applied Geosciences.
The work will involve:
- using field and laboratory techniques, including LiDAR and VIS/NIR spectroscopy to understand the fundamental decay processes and controls associated with heritage materials
- modelling and predicting the usefulness of different conservation treatments under changing environmental conditions, using high resolution techniques such as close-range laser scanning
Staff web pages also provide more information on individual research interests and the specific projects that staff members have recently undertaken.
Fees and funding
Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).
2021/2022 fees (applicable for October 2021 and February 2022 start)
PhD and MPhil
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,500 p/a**
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,250 p/a**
International full-time students: £17,600 p/a*
International part-time students: £8,800 p/a*
PhD by Publication
External candidates: £4,407*
Members of staff: £1,720
All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
- A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
- Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
- All applicants are subject to interview
How to apply
To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Robert Inkpen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the project code GEOG1201015 and title.
When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV.
You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.