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Doctoral Training Partnerships

We are partners in several Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) across the country. These are consortiums of universities that receive block grant awards from Research Councils to disburse as PhD studentship funding, with the universities themselves providing match funding at varying levels. These consortia work with a range of industry partners in the arts and humanities, such as Historic England, to provide opportunities for collaborative research and student development.

Historic England and DTPs

Historic England believes that supporting postgraduate research will contribute to the understanding and management of England’s heritage, address skills shortages in the heritage profession and give students the satisfaction and competitive edge of a research degree that has had demonstrable impact.

We take a strategic approach to our relationship with the Higher Education Sector by engaging in a number of carefully selected Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) that provide excellent postgraduate research opportunities in a number of areas that match our own priorities.

We are currently partners with the following DTPs

AHRC funded

NERC funded


Our support for PhD research through a DTP can include

  • Basic advice or access to sites or data
  • Offering training or work placements with specialist teams
  • Co-supervision

The level of support we provide will vary from research project to research project. It will be assessed against our ability to offer in-house expertise and the resource availability – as well as the priority of the research being undertaken.


Research Priorities for DTPs

We advise those researching within DTP institutions who are interested in working with Historic to read our Research Strategy and Agenda.

Our Research Strategy provides an overview of the heritage research carried out by, or supported by Historic England. This is complimented by our Research Agenda  (published July 2017) which provides a number of more specific research topics that could have practical impact in supporting the work of Historic England; and gives a list of research questions to guide those looking to do research that will help us achieve our mission.


Those wanting further information on our collaborative work with universities and the UK research councils should contact the Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer using the details below.

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Phil Pollard
Phil Pollard

Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer

Research Group

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