Arts and Humanities PhD Studentships at Swansea University

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), Swansea University is inviting applications for 11 fully-funded PhD studentships, in the College of Arts and Humanities, to start in 2012-13.

The studentships are in a number of subject areas including: English, Welsh, Modern Languages, Political and Cultural Studies, History, Linguistics and Creative Writing; two of the studentships are for Welsh-medium projects.

Some of the research projects to which the studentships are attached also have a local interest, for example the ‘Cu@Swansea project’, ‘Port Talbot and its Steelworkers’ and ‘Wales and its Borderlands’.

The ‘Cu@Swansea project’, coordinated by Professor Huw Bowen, is a heritage-led regeneration project funded by Cadw - Welsh Government. This multi-partner project will undertake first phase work on the 12½-acre site of the former Hafod-Morfa Copper works in the Lower Swansea Valley, with the aim of bringing visitors and tourists to a site of considerable industrial significance. The PhD studentship focuses on the development of digital trails using hand-held mobile technology.

The Port Talbot project investigates the impact of the steel industry on the people and identity of Port Talbot, from the opening of the new Steel Company of Wales’ Abbey Works in 1951 to the privatisation of British Steel in 1988; the successful applicant will support this ongoing research.

Another project, with a Welsh theme, focuses on the ‘Literary, Spiritual and Historical Landscapes of Wales and its Borderlands’, during the Middle Ages, giving two students the opportunity to contribute to ongoing work by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) at Swansea University.

During their time at Swansea, the successful applicants will be located in the Graduate Centre in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Director of the Graduate Centre, Robert Rhys said:“This significant investment in Arts and Humanities research at Swansea rewards the intellectual energy and imagination of the staff who are leading these projects, and it will give a new generation of researchers a great opportunity to further their careers by producing significant work which is both intellectually rigorous and socially and culturally relevant.”

Applications are invited from UK and EU students who have the relevant qualifications which is usually at least an upper second class honours degree and a Masters in a relevant subject.

Those interested in applying for one of the eleven fully-funded studentships should complete an on-line application form for postgraduate study or download a paper application pack. For further details, please visit:

For further enquiries, please contact Gabriella Wasiniak, Graduate Centre Administrator, Graduate Centre for Arts and Humanities (RIAH):
Tel: +44 (0)1792 295926 Email:


The titles of the 11 fully-funded PhD studentships are as follows:

  • China-Europe Histories and Relations
  • Europe and Community in Southeast Asia
  • The Cu@Swansea project: digital trails and urban character in the Lower Swansea Valley
  • Social and Artistic Potentialities: dramatic creativity and political engagement among under-30s in Wales
  • Reading / Contextualising / Translating Herta Müller (1953-)
  • Wilderness: literal and metaphorical spaces at the margins
  • Port Talbot and its steelworkers: an oral history, 1951-1988
  • Literary, Spiritual and Historical Landscapes of Wales and its Borderlands (2 studentships)
  • Astudiaethau Cymraeg i Oedolion
  • Ysgrifennu Creadigol  (yn y Gymraeg neu yn y Gymraeg a’r Saesneg)