Doctoral Training Programme

student using computer to conduct collections-based researchWe offer students an unparalleled learning environment in which to undertake original scholarly research in our outstanding and wide-ranging collections. Alongside high quality research supervision, PhD researchers benefit from exceptional access to primary sources, material culture, and the associated professional expertise of a university museum. This nationally distinctive postgraduate training provides an outstanding pathway to a PhD, underpinned by a focus on museum and archives skills training and placement opportunities that enhance both intellectual and employment horizons.

The programme is structured around five elements:

  • a subject-specific PhD research topic for supervision by disciplinary experts at UoR
  • a core training & skills module available to all students
  • subject-specific training and advice both within and across disciplines
  • regular surgery slots for collection specific queries
  • a practice-based learning programme.

Students on this programme will be part of a community of scholars and researchers and will have enhanced access to academic supervision and professional expert advice, as well as valuable opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Drawing on the diverse connections with arts, heritage, publishing and other professional networks, offered by the scope of Reading's museums and collections, students will be offered a clear route to gain experience of collaboration, publication and public engagement. The Programme's unique tailored approach enables students to develop transferable skills that will enhance employability in academia, publishing, museums and heritage, research posts, and the information and cultural sectors.

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Three Years in the Life of A Collections-Based PhD student

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Take a Virtual Tour

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The Limits of Desire: the Mills & Boon romance market

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Animating the Evacuee Archive

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Doctoral Training in Collections-Based Research: First Year Experiences

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