DHeritage Bursary


Qualification type: Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage)

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding Amount: Full tuition fee waiver for six years and an annual study allowance of £500

Duration: Six years, part time

Application closing date: 15 May 2023

Expected start: 2 October 2023


The University of Hertfordshire’s Professional Doctorate in Heritage (DHeritage) is a broad-based, flexible qualification developed in association with experts from across the heritage sector. The programme is aimed at professionals who work in the heritage field, broadly defined, in planning, museums, archives, community history, archaeology, social and cultural sustainability and any area of work which engages heritage.

The University of Hertfordshire’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, and School of Creative Arts are committed to widening access to higher education. To encourage heritage professionals to consider studying for a doctorate in heritage, we are inviting applications from UK-based students working in the heritage sector, broadly defined.

The DHeritage Bursary is a 6-year part-time bursary, which will cover University fees and provide a £500 annual study allowance. Part-time fees for the academic year 2022/23 are £2560, so the fees covered by the award over six years will be worth at least £15,360. With the annual study allowance, the DHeritage bursary totals £18,360 at 2022/23 prices.

The fees-only bursary is divided into two parts. The first three years of the fees-only bursary are subject to successful assessment at the registration assessment point, eight months after enrolment. The second three years of fees-only bursary are subject to successful assessment at Doctoral Review, within 40 months of enrolment.

There are many ways to increase diversity in research careers, and we strongly encourage applications from people for whom the cost of fees would otherwise be a barrier, including those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education, people who are the first in their family to study at university, and those who identify with additional protected characteristics.

Areas of supervisory expertise

DHeritage draws on supervisory expertise from across the University, and we are in principle open to applications on any topic in heritage.

Find out more information about DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage

Essential criteria

To apply for this studentship, you must:

  • be permanently resident in the UK
  • hold a good honours degree (2:1 or above), and a Master's degree, in a relevant discipline
  • be able to demonstrate at least five years professional experience in the heritage sector, broadly defined
  • have a feasible and relevant research proposal.

Application process

Please send completed applications to the Doctoral College and indicate that you wish to be considered for the DHeritage fees-only bursary in the subject line of your email and on your application form.

Applicants must submit:

  • a completed application form (PDF - 0.19 Mb)
  • a 2000-word research proposal (a guide to assist you is available from the Programme Director, contact details below)
  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of your passport
  • certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

For enquiries regarding research degrees at the University of Hertfordshire and this application process, please email Ms Lynette Spelman.

For enquiries concerning these studentships please email Professor Dr Grace Lees-Maffei, Programme Director for DHeritage.