Postgraduate research

Museum Studies PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Museum Studies

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.

We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Museum Studies in the following research areas.

Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form and submit your online PhD application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page. 

Supervisors and their research interests

Dr Gemma Angel

History and anthropology of the medical museum; history and anthropology of the crime museum and criminological collections; medical heritage ethics; human remains in museums and collections; the anthropology of death, dying and disposal with a focus on heritage; the European tattoo (history and practice); contemporary bioart practice; object-oriented ontologies; object studies; material anthropology; micromuseums and micromuseology; knowledge-making in scientific collections; Mad Studies with a focus on heritage and contemporary museum practice; mental illness and the museum.

Dr Alice Tilche

Indigenous art and curatorship; arts-based, ethnographic and collaborative methodologies; art and activism / socially engaged art / decolonial practices; ethnographic museum collections; community museums and art projects in international contexts.

Dr Yunci Cai

Cultural politics of museums and heritage in Asia; critical museology / critical heritage studies in Asia; indigenous peoples and their cultural heritage in the Asian context; decolonising Indigenous scholarship. 



The School of Museum Studies offers:

  • 1 UK tuition fee waiver for 3 years for full time study, or
  • 1 overseas fee waiver for 3 years for full time study

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email 

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form (docx., 144kb).

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered.



UK and International students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.

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