The Reception and Reinvention of the Medieval in Art, Architecture and Heritage PhD Studentship

Eligibility:  UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details:  Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 7th January,2019

Interview dates: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 4th February 2019. 

Start date: May 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor Juliet Simpson to discuss this opportunity.

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

The PhD will be co-supervised by Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University) and Dr Jenny Alexander (University of Warwick).

The PhD is funded by both Coventry University and the University of Warwick. 

This studentship will investigate the significance of medieval heritage rediscovery and reception, via the period’s Gothic revivals and constructs of national patrimony, and their relationship with transforming discourses of history, heritage, identity and community through a study of Coventry's responses to its medieval heritage in the period from the early nineteenth century to the 1930s.

In particular, the PhD will consider the reception of Coventry’s medieval architectural, archaeological, visual and decorative arts heritage during the period before the post-war transformation of the city. It will offer a case-study of pivotal ways in which this pre-modern past was excavated, historicised, restored, visualised and mediated (by artists, writers and cultural institutions), to develop new knowledge of this medieval past in constructing modern responses to Coventry’s sites of memory. The PhD will examine their archaeological and cultural implications both in reframing identities of ‘modern’ Coventry, and in contexts of cultural shifts in the reception and recreation of medieval art and architectural heritage.

UK/EU tuition fees

Stipend of £14,777 per annum

  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 
  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 


  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • Candidates must have a minimum 2:1 Honours degree and should ideally have a distinction-level Masters degree or equivalent in History of Art, History of Design, Decorative Arts, Architectural History or another relevant field.
  • Applications are welcome from students from the UK and the EU.


All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application pageTo find out more about the project please contact Professor Juliet Simpson:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.