Physical Geography: Fully Funded KESS II MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea University: Stable isotope dating of historic buildings across Wales

  • Master
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 26 October 2018

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

MSc by Research for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Physical Geography/Science-based Archaeology

Start date: January 2019

The principal method for determining the age of historic buildings and wooden artefacts in the UK is dendrochronology (tree-ring dating). Across Wales however, conventional dendrochronology often fails to yield a robust date owing to the presence of complacent ring width sequences or the use of short-lived or fast-growing timbers in construction. As a result, it is impossible to assign a precise calendar age to structures of high historic or cultural importance.

This project will aim to assess the suitability of a new precision dating technique developed by the Swansea team to provide calendar dates for houses, living trees and timbers sourced from across Wales. This will help to ascertain the geographic and practical limits of the stable oxygen isotope method for the dating of historic timbers.

This project will provide important proof of concept for dating houses in this region and will also inform decision-making in the listing, management and preservation process.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in archaeological science, physical geography, a related subject or significant related experience in historic buildings research and/or dendrochronology.

They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Benefits

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,586 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Application

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