MLitt Studentship on the body in prehistoric Europe

The School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University is pleased to advertise between 4 and 6 Masters Studentship Awards for postgraduate study in Newcastle’s Wellcome Trust recognised MA programme in the History of Medicine during the academic year 2009-10. One award in this competition is open to applicants studying for an MLitt in The presentation of the body in prehistoric Europe in 2009-10. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2009.

The stipends for these awards will be set as follows: Two studentships will be awarded at either £15,000 (including home/EU fees) for full-time home/EU students, or £20,000 (including international fees) for full-time non-EU students of outstanding merit; the other studentships will be awarded at either £5,000 (including home/EU-fees) for meritorious full-time home/EU students, or £10,000 (including international fees) for non-EU students. Part time studentships will be awarded to meritorious applicants at c. half the above rate per annum. Funding derives from the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine and will be available as of September 2009. The Centre is a partnership between the Universities of Newcastle and Durham, and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. The successful applicant would join the postgraduate community based at the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University.

MLitt in The presentation of the body in prehistoric Europe: We are seeking applicants for an MLitt study into the presentation and representation of the body in prehistoric Europe. The research is supported by the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine as part of its research into the history of bodies, sexuality and reproduction. Applicants should suggest their own topic, but the study must fall within the description of a history of bodies, sexuality and/or reproduction, including the making of gendered bodies in different historical and cultural contexts. It should examine material presentations of the body in European prehistory including, for example, physical transformations throughout life, presentation through mortuary practices, and representation of bodies through figurines or other material media. The study should be comparative in nature, and the dissertation study should focus either on diversity during one period and region or comparisons between one or two archaeological periods and/or regions. Studies focusing on reproduction and the body are especially welcome as are those investigating Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and/or Bronze Age communities.

The MLitt would be supervised by Chris Fowler and Andrea Dolfini at the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University. As part of the MLitt training the student would be encouraged to attend the module Introduction to the History of Medicine. The MLitt, a research Masters degree, incorporates: a formal research training component (20 credits), during which you develop your research skills and methodologies; the completion of detailed research assignments tailored to your chosen topic (80 credits), and; a dissertation of 16,000-24,000 words (80 credits) consisting of a sustained piece of original research. Study consists mainly of seminars, tutorials and independent learning. It is well suited as a step towards PhD research.

Eligibility: Applicants for a place on the MLitt programme in Archaeology at the School of Historical Studies should hold or be predicted a good 2(i) or higher BA or BSc in Archaeology or a related discipline.

Application procedure: Applicants should submit: i) a CV; ii) a research proposal (max 1200 words); iii) a personal statement and letter of application outlining their reasons for wanting to pursue this course of study at Newcastle (max 300 words); iv) copies of any relevant certificates and transcripts, and; v) references from two academic referees. Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Secretary, Ms Sandra Fletcher, School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, to arrive no later than 30th April 2009. These applications will be entered into a studentship competition along with applicants for studentships to study the MA in History of Medicine. Only one award can go to a student studying under this MLitt topic, and it is possible that no award will be made to an MLitt applicant if MA History of Medicine applicants are judged to be stronger applicants in the competition.

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For specific inquiries please contact
Dr Chris Fowler
Lecturer in Later Prehistoric Archaeology
School of Historical Studies
Newcastle University
Armstrong Building
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)191 2225759

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