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AHRC-Science Museum PhD Studentship at UCL: 'From London to Mars, and Back to London: People, Objects and the History of UK Space Science'

University College London - Department of Science and Technology Studies

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,559 p. a. stipend.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 8th July 2019

Applications are invited for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentship at University College London and the Science Museum on the history of UK space science and technology. The student will be based at the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at UCL, and will start in September 2019. The named supervisors for this project are: Jon Agar (STS, UCL), Doug Millard (Science Museum) and Lucie Green (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL).

UCL Science & Technology Studies is the only interdisciplinary department in London covering history, philosophy and social studies of science, science communication and public engagement with science. The department has grown rapidly over the last few years and has continued to develop a vibrant and varied community of researchers. Students are able to take advantage of networking opportunities with prominent London museums and institutions.

Project Title: From London to Mars, and Back to London: People, Objects and the History of UK Space Science’

The opportunity is to research a new history of UK space science, one that will i) link and deepen understanding of two major collections of the material culture of space science, specifically objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group and Mullard Space Science Laboratory; ii) capture fast-disappearing oral history of British space science; iii) by linking the personal to the material, explore a social and cultural history of a research school of extraordinary technological reach and scientific exploration; iv) be completed in time to inform and shape major ongoing plans for the planned new space gallery at the Science Museum. Methodologically, the project entails training and application in archival, object collection and oral history approaches. 

Studentship details: 

Applicants are generally expected to hold a minimum of a 2.i degree at undergraduate level in an appropriate subject, plus a recognised postgraduate programme of research training (ie MSc) or substantial equivalent experience in a relevant specialist area.

The (typically three-year full-time) studentship is part of the Collaborative Doctoral Programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through a consortium including the Science Museum Group. The full-time stipend for 2019/20 is £17,559.

More information about the Department of Science and Technology Studies can be found here:

Informal inquiries are welcome. Please contact Jon Agar if you have further questions.

Applicants should send: i) a CV and ii) a statement of interest (maximum 2 pages) to Professor Jon Agar ( by 8 July 2019 

CLOSING DATE: 8 July 2019, 17:00 GMT 

Interview for the studentship will take place on 15 July 2019 

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