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Applications are open for DHeritage, the unique Professional Doctorate in Heritage at the University of Hertfordshire.


September 2020, University of Hertfordshire (UK). Part-time or Full-time application.


Now in its sixth year, this programme is for professionals who work in, or desire to work in, the heritage field broadly defined – whether in the private or the public sectors – in planning, museums, archives, community history, archaeology, and social and cultural sustainability among other areas. It appeals to practitioners who want to reflect on and contribute to the latest thinking in what is a dynamic and ever-changing sector crucial to many economies and to local and national identities. Our doctoral researchers identify and develop their topics and training according to individual interests, and current developments in the field. Students follow the programme as part of a cohort, supported by research training and supervision shaped to their needs from across the disciplines of the University. This highly interdisciplinary approach to heritage is part of our unique provision.

DHeritage is available as a part-time programme usually completed within 6 years but it can be completed in less time depending on successful progression through the programme. The DHeritage distance learning option enables researchers from around the world to participate in half of the campus sessions and online equivalents. Doctoral submissions for DHeritage include the freedom to submit a thesis and any other suitable output such as an exhibition, guidelines or code of practice, policy briefing, film, publications, etc.


Applications – comprising a research proposal, completed application form, qualifications, references and supporting documentation – are due by Friday 8th May 2020.


Entry qualifications are assessed on an individual basis. Normally participants will have: an Honours degree or equivalent; a relevant Masters Degree and a minimum of five years relevant professional experience.

Candidates without a Masters degree will need to demonstrate an equivalent level of accomplishment through professional practice, based on appropriate professional training (e.g. Associateship of the Museums Association). Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require certification of English language competence (IELTS minimum TOEFL 6.5, preferably higher).

At admission, candidates will be allocated a Principal and one or two Co-Supervisors based on the research area they have set out in their Research Proposal and in their interviews.

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For more information and to discuss a research proposal please contact Programme Director, Professor Dr Grace Lees-Maffei<>

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