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PhD Studentship - Waterloo Uncovered: Using Large-Scale Geophysical Survey to Investigate the World's Most Famous Battlefield

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 15th April 2020

Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Dr. Stuart Eve

Project description:

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice.

As a fundamental part of this vision, BU and the world-leading military veteran’s charity, Waterloo Uncovered (, are match-funding a PhD studentship investigating the Napoleonic battlefield of Waterloo, Belgium. Based in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, the successful candidate will undertake a detailed exploration of how emerging geophysical techniques can be used to aid in battlefield detection and recovery. Working closely with specialists from BU and the University of Ghent, the candidate will undertake a series of geophysical prospections using a variety of different techniques (including electromagnetic induction and magnetic gradiometry) to test and assess their efficacy and suitability for large-scale geophysical survey.

The studentship position will provide the candidate with the opportunity to undertake research at a world-famous battlefield, working within a multi-disciplinary team to complete a programme of geophysical and archaeological work, to both uncover new archaeological evidence for the battle as well as aid in the recovery and wellbeing of modern military serving soldiers and veterans.

As well as guiding the next 10-year programme of excavation at Waterloo, the research will produce high quality, peer reviewed, international publications that will be invaluable to the geophysics and conflict studies community world-wide, and will enable the candidate to become an expert in battlefield prospection and recovery.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Ideally the candidate will have previous experience of undertaking geophysical surveys, preferably in an archaeological context. A working knowledge of French would be desirable, but not essential. Experience in engaging with stakeholders or contributing to outreach activities would also be valuable.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 15 April 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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