Our PhD research community currently includes around 80 students from 21 countries, who are undertaking research within and across our focal research areas. We offer robust training and expert supervision, enabling students to develop a global view of their field and an international network of peers and future collaborators.
Our lively and energetic PhD student community organise an annual PhD Research Week, fortnightly research seminars with external and internal speakers, and a series of School-hosted international conferences and exhibitions. They also edit the Open Access academic journal Museological Review.
You can find out more about our PhD programmes and how to apply on our PhD pages.
SMS Research Newsletter
The School will soon launch a quarterly Research Newsletter, with news about staff and PhD research, publications, events and projects. Come back soon for the inaugural issue or email the editors to sign up for new issue alerts.
Our fortnightly research seminars are organized by PhD students and take place in the Collections Room (or on Microsoft Teams during the pandemic) and are streamed online for our part-time and distance learning students. You can see details of the current seminar series on our Events pages.
Early Career Research Fellowships
We welcome enquiries from researchers who are interested in applying for Research Fellowships with the School. In the past we have hosted Fellows funded through schemes including Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships, and ESRC Fellowships. If you are interested, please contact the member of staff who most closely reflects your area of interest (see People). You can also contact the School's Director of Research, Dr Giasemi Vavoula, to discuss funding schemes and application processes.
We welcome visiting scholars, including PhD students, academics and professionals, for visits of up to six months. Visiting PhD students are assigned an academic mentor who meets with them on a monthly basis and are welcomed into our thriving PhD research community with opportunities to participate in seminars and meet with staff. Visiting students are also allocated a University computer account and given access to the University library with its unrivalled collection of museum studies materials and related books.