PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Roman Archaeology: Ribchester Environs Archaeological Project

University of Central Lancashire

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in Roman Archaeology in the School of Forensic and Applied Science. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a partial maintenance grant of £3000 per annum. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. It is expected the successful applicant will start on 1st January 2017.

Project Title Ribchester Environs Archaeological Project

Project Description

Ribchester, in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley is the site of an internationally important Roman fort, famous for the Ribchester cavalry helmet, found in 1796 and one of only three such helmets ever found in Britain. Established in AD 72/73 by the 20th Legion the fort was stationed by both Ala Asturum (from northern Spain) and Sarmatian (from eastern Europe) auxiliary units. The interior of the fort is the subject of a major new excavation project, Ribchester Revisted, organised by UCLan in collaboration with the Institute for Field Research, Australia National University and Ribchester Roman Museum.

Surrounded by a civilian settlement, Roman Ribchester must be considered from both a military and a civilian perspective. Its history also suggests Ribchester was an ethnically and socially diverse place. The project will examine over 500 known archaeological sites and find spots in the North West region. The results will place Ribchester within its broader physical and social landscape allowing issues of military, civilian, ethnic and social identity to be examined. Furthermore, this PhD will position Ribchester and the North West within contemporary debates in Roman archaeology regarding identity and social change.

The PhD project would suit candidates with knowledge/experience of one or more of the following areas; Roman Archaeology, GIS, Commercial Archaeology and Public Archaeology. Depending on skillsets, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to join the Ribchester Revisited project as a research assistant.     

For informal enquiries please contact Dr James Morris email or Dr Duncan Sayer

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor degree at 2:1 classification or above or a Masters degree in a related discipline (or equivalent).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For the application form and full details please go to: .

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at, quoting the studentship reference number by the closing date.

Proposed Interview Date: 30 November 2016


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