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The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is run in partnership between UCL, the University of Brighton and the University of Oxford, along with numerous cultural institutions and industry partners. It will train 60 doctoral students, with additional studentships coming on stream, over a period of eight years making it EPSRC’s single largest investment to date in heritage science and engineering research.

Our graduates will be pioneering experts, equipped with a broad understanding of the sectors in which they may choose to work, and perfectly placed to shape the future of heritage science in the UK, and globally.

We will recruit graduates with an aptitude for and understanding of science or engineering that they can apply to the arts, heritage and archaeology sectors to advance knowledge in heritage science that underpins our understanding and protection of cultural heritage.

Exciting career paths

SEAHA will provide students with advanced scientific, engineering and transferable skills and expertise vital to the future conservation of our heritage and make them eminently attractive to future employers.

Barney Sloane, Head of Strategic Planning and Management at English Heritage

There are around 50,000 museums and galleries globally and even more archaeological sites and historic buildings, the need for well-prepared, enterprising heritage scientists is there for all to see.

The student journey is at the centre of SEAHA’s training approach. We’ve focused on where you’ve come from, where you’re going and how we can help you get there, with possible career paths identified in heritage, industry and policy.

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There are exciting opportunities for those prepared to work in new and different ways. Heritage scientists have traditionally been employed in universities or in cultural institutions. SEAHA will open up the opportunity, not only of working in industry but also as entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur you’ll have the choice to work flexibly and with a broader range of heritage in different parts of the UK and internationally.

Be a heritage science pioneer

Our students will be at the cutting edge of new research, not just working with new technology for example, but developing it themselves.

We are at the stage that we can do more than just imagine a world where we are working at a nanoscale, repairing works of art in a similar way to the current application of nanomedicine. Already terahertz imaging is allowing us to read fragile documents without unfolding them. The potential for this, and other branches of science, is enormous.

The highest quality supervision

The academic partners leading SEAHA are of the highest calibre. The quality of the research in materials, environment and digital cultural heritage produced by UCL, Oxford and Brighton demonstrate expertise in traditional and new heritage that is both historic and futuristic.

The seven academics leading SEAHA have, in total, successfully supervised 67 PhD/EngD students in the past 10 years. Whilst our 50 plus supervisors who come from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities are leading experts in their fields. They represent a vast array of disciplines ranging from chemistry and imaging to evidence-based policy, data-mapping to heritage management and many more in between.

The opportunities for multi and cross-disciplinary working are boundless. 

Industry and cultural partners

Over 45 organisations have already committed to working in partnership with SEAHA. These include galleries including the Tate and eminent institutions such as the Natural History Museum in London.

Industry is represented by companies such as Leica Geosystems, and research and training partners include institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory.

Three times as many opportunities

Studying at SEAHA is different from a solitary PhD.

We offer tripartite supervision, which means that students benefit from the support of cultural institutions and industry in addition to academic supervision. This brings students and their research as close to the problem as possible and means that their exposure, networks and employment opportunities are tripled.

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