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SEAHA Scholarship: Evaluating Contemporary Digital Technologies for The Reconstruction and Mapping of Archaeological Resources 2018, UK

Publish Date: Feb 28, 2018

Deadline: Apr 19, 2018

SEAHA Scholarship: Evaluating contemporary digital technologies for the reconstruction and mapping of archaeological resources 2018, UK

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at University College London, University of Oxford and University of Brighton, in collaboration with Worcester County Council and the Landscape Research and Management are seeking applications for a fully funded studentship on the topic ‘Evaluating contemporary digital technologies for the reconstruction and mapping of archaeological resources’. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training and co-funded by the University of Brighton the four-year doctoral research project will be supervised jointly by UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, the University of Brighton as well as academics from the partner institutes.

The recent emergence and availability of sUAS mounted multispectral sensors, and advancements in spaceborne capabilities through hyperspectral and radar analysis, presents new possibilities for developing an increased understanding of subsurface sediment architectures within complex geomorphological areas, allowing predictions to be made of their archaeological potential. The project will assess the potential of an integrated and holistic approach in this scientific arena, and develop a systematic methodology for specific data collection protocols for deployment of these approaches. High resolution, large volume data, will be captured and analysed to map geomorphological and archaeological features within the alluvial valleys of the Rivers Lugg and Wye, in the UK. Variation in spectral responses of different valley components will be analysed using computational image analysis, Multiview stereopsis, and allied to mathematical and statistical approaches. This will provide a detailed assessment of the potential for these integrated approaches to map surface sediment conditions. The modelled interpretations will be tested through ground based sediment sampling; reconstructing the sediment sequences of the valley system, examining their relationship to near surface and sub-surface sediment variability. Representative sampling design will be conducted to incorporate the variability offered by the proposed valley systems.

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree and desirably hold or expect to achieve excellent grades in a masters degree, in a relevant subject from a UK university or comparable qualifications from another recognised university.

English language entry requirements

Proof of meeting the UCL English language proficiency requirements where necessary. For SEAHA candidates, a standard level certificate is normally required. 

Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English language Test (SELT) in the last two years. Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT. However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.

English language IELTS requirements are minimum of 6.0 in each component.

If you have an English language qualification other than IELTS, please contact us to see if you are eligible to apply for a studentship. The UK Home Office will not accept TOEFL tests as proof of meeting the English language requirements

Eligibility criteria

Since SEAHA is part-funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Research Council, its eligibility criteria for a full award (stipend and fees), apply. A student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals.) Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

EU/International Candidates

For students not meeting the EPSRC eligibility criteria, SEAHA offers at least one EU/international scholarship per year, based on the applicant’s excellence. This is a competitive process and will be assessed on the basis of the candidate’s prior academic achievement and their motivation. This scholarship is only available to UCL SEAHA applicants. Eligible candidates for the scholarship will be identified as part of the normal SEAHA recruitment process. Please note, there is limited funding available for International applicants.


This project is a four year integrated MRes/PhD studentship in the SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training, funded by the EPSRC, UCL, the University of Brighton, the University of Oxford, and SEAHA heritage and industrial partners. The project is fully funded for UK resident students, and fees only for other EU students. Limited possibility of funding for international students may also be available.


In case of any questions about this project, funding or application process, please contact: Dr Pierfrancesco Cacciola:

How to apply

The application should be submitted by email direct the SEAHA inbox at the University of and not by the UCL or UoB online admissions system.

Applications should  include:

  • a substantial covering letter (2–3 pages) including a clear explanation of your motivation for your proposed project
  • a statement of your understanding of your eligibility according to the provided information.
  • a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) including project research questions and methodology
  • a full detailed CV
  • contact details for two academic references (names, postal and email addresses)
  • proof of meeting the UCL/UoB English language proficiency requirements where necessary.

 Only complete applications will be considered

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