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Doctoral study at the Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group hosts a large number of doctoral students engaged in research. Our students work in a variety of ways to develop knowledge, gain professional experience and contribute to a range of programmes and projects. 

We coordinate the Science Museums and Archives Consortium (SMAC), consisting of the UK’s leading cultural institutions for the historical study of science: the Science Museum Group; the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers); the Royal Society; the BT Group Archives; and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. T

The consortium offers AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral partnership studentships with its members, in collaboration with universities. For more information about the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, including advice for prospective supervisors and students, see our SMAC page

We also jointly supervise students through other routes, such as AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards funded via Doctoral Training Partnerships. We welcome enquiries about partnering on new Collaborative Doctoral Award applications. 

Previous doctoral students

Completed doctoral theses resulting from collaborative doctoral awards hosted by the Science Museum Group can be found on the SMG Research Repository. 

Our students have:

  • Produced research influencing our museums’ displays, collections information, public engagement activity, object care and conservation.
  • Written for the open access SMG Journal.
  • Published in the academic press. 

Following completion of their doctorate, students have gone on to varied roles in universities and a wide range of heritage organisations, including our own museums. 

Current doctoral students