MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Professions and the Press 1820-1900

MPhil/PhD Scholarship: Professions and the Press 1820-1900

University of Greenwich – School of Humanities and Social Sciences

(Ref: VCS-HSS-01-13)


This PhD topic investigates how the specific necessities and practices of publishing impacted on the formation of the professions in the nineteenth century. The PhD addresses questions such as:

  • How was the press used to establish and regulate professional identities?
  • How was the press used by individual professionals to advance their careers, supplement their incomes or assert class and gender positions for themselves and for the groups they represented?
  • Above all, what part did the economic and practical necessities of publishing play in forwarding professional identities and practices?

The research seeks to answer the above by focussing on one pair of professions and their journals, contrasting what were, in the nineteenth century, an established profession with a new profession. Proposed pairings include:

  • Architecture and Engineering


  • Law and Finance

The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

Applications are sought by the indicated closing date for starting in September 2013.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor Andrew King,  [NB the advert gives my work phone number but I’ve given up my office to special needs students for the next two weeks so best email]

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to:

The application form should be completed and returned to:  and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 UTC on Tuesday 11 June 2013


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