PhD studentship: Intersections in Medical and Environmental History

Award Summary

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend starting at £18,873. Additional funding is available to cover research costs, conference fees, and engagement activities.


Interested in the intersection between medical and environmental history after 1700? This PhD will allow the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a project which can help us understand current issues in environmental and health using the lens of the past. Themes which may shape this PhD could include, but are not limited to, green urban infrastructure and health; conceptions of the rural as ‘healthy’; hospital design; atmospheres; travel for health; sport and exercise; explorations of changing ideas of ‘nature’ in relation to health; sensory interactions between the body and the environment. This is an exciting opportunity to work with Dr Clare Hickman who has recently led a Wellcome Trust funded network called MedEnv: Intersections in Medical and Environmental Humanities’ and be based within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology where there are strong interests in associated themes such as environmental justice as well as wider Newcastle University initiatives in Medical Humanities, Landscape, Climate and Resilience and Cities.

Number of awards: 1

Start date: 16th September 2024

Award duration: 42 months

Sponsor: School of History, Classics and Archaeology


Lead supervisor will be Clare Hickman with other members of the team to be appointed based on the expertise needed to support the chosen topic. 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should hold a 1st class or high 2:1 degree in History or an equivalent subject, and should hold, or expect to achieve by September 2024, an MA with distinction (or international equivalent) in History or a related field.

This award is available to home candidates only (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:

  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8210F
  • Select History in the ‘Research Area’ field
  • Select PhD School of History, Classic and Archaeology (full time) – History’ as the programme of study

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) – upload a document or write a statement directly into the application form. The statement must state the studentship title, quote reference code (HCA012) and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
  • The studentship code HCA012 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • When prompted for how you are providing your research proposal – select either ‘Write Proposal’ or ‘Upload document’. Your proposal should be no more than 750 words and should include research questions, research context, and research methods

In the Supporting Documentation section please upload:

Contact Details

For further details please contact Dr Clare Hickman clare.hickman@newcastle,ac,uk

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