New Fully Funded PhD in the History of Science

A fully funded PhD is open for applications: "Instrumental learning? Object lessons in recapturing past science teaching"

AHRC funded PhD Studentship (Collaborative Doctoral Award)  available from October 1st 2018

Instrumental learning? Object lessons in recapturing past science teaching 

A collaboration between the Science Museum  and the University of Leeds (History & Philosophy of Science)

This studentship is available on either a full-time (42 months) or part-time (60 months) basis.   

Supervisory team:
Jane Desborough 
Graeme Gooday 
Indira Banner  

How should we interpret the instruments used in past science teaching? How far have changes in school laboratory equipment interacted with new ways of learning and using science?

Can biographies of classic apparatus inform our understanding of how science has been learned – or not learned – in the classroom?  

For anyone with an interest in the history of science education - whether trained in science, education, history or museums studies -, this PhD project presents an exciting opportunity to explore the historic science teaching collections of both the Science Museum and the University of Leeds.

The results of the project may be used to inform both future science teaching and museum policies on exhibiting science teaching.  

For further information about the project please feel free to contact any of the project’s supervisory team.

Applicants should have, or expect to attain, a good undergraduate degree and meet AHRC eligibility criteria: 

Applications should include: a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4); a sample of writing (3,000 words max); and a covering letter including a 500-word research proposal related to the project’s themes.  

Please send completed applications to by Monday April 30th 5pm.   Interviews will follow in May for shortlisted applicants.

Further details at: