PhD studentship in Archaeology

September 2018
Newcastle/ Cardiff (GB)

PhD studentship in Archaeology – Roman Coins from Hadrian’s Wall and the Frontier Zone: coin supply, use and loss in the military zone of Roman Britain

Value of award
100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,777 (2018/19 Research Council UK rate). Also a research training support grant to fund the costs of undertaking primary research such as overseas and UK study visits, fieldwork, and conference attendance. In order to help facilitate the engagement with collaborative partners the Arts and Humanities Research Council also provide an additional stipend of £550 per year.

Start date and duration: September 2018 for three years.
Application closing date: 6 July 2018.

Interested in Roman Frontier Studies and Numismatics? This collaborative PhD will explore the distribution, use and function of Roman coinage in the Hadrian’s Wall frontier zone. You should be able to demonstrate an excellent eye for detail as well as a good understanding of Romano-British archaeology and numismatics.
The research will be based on a World Heritage Site and seek to address some of the questions raised in the ‘Frontiers of Knowledge’ research framework by using published and unpublished coin data from excavations, hoards and casual finds. The work will lead to a publically accessible database of coins and improved understanding of numismatic collections in the frontier zone.
You will be working with an internationally leading research team based at Newcastle and Cardiff universities and English Heritage. The PhD will be based at Newcastle but also enrolled at Cardiff University and required to undertake training placements with English Heritage and other organisations.

Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council and English Heritage

Name of supervisor(s):

Dr James Gerrard, Newcastle University
Dr Peter Guest, Cardiff University
Dr Frances McIntosh, English Heritage

Eligibility Criteria
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in archaeology or a related discipline and a distinction or merit at Masters level in archaeology or a related discipline. Previous experience of working with Roman coins, relational databases and Geographical Information Systems is essential. Knowledge of a second European language is desirable.
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the AHRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:


  • insert the programme code 8210F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD History, Classics and Archaeology – Archaeology’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code HCA001 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code HCA001 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.
  • You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.


For further details please contact Dr James Gerrard.

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