The Air Disaster in Post-War Britain, c. 1940-1990

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Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, starting in September 2017. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship on The Air Disaster in Post-War Britain, c. 1940-1990, which will be co-supervised by Dr Tom Crook and Dr Viviane Quirke. This proposed PhD project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into an entirely neglected aspect of the history of risk and the culture of safety in post-war Britain: the aeroplane crash or “air disaster”. He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack. 

The successful candidate will receive an annual payment of £16,000 as a stipend towards living expenses for a maximum of three years. 

The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students. Home/EU fees will be covered by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion for a maximum of three years. However, International applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please note that all fees rise by approximately 4% each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:

For information on current Home/EU fees:

As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  For more information on the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, please visit:

Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies ( and ) to discuss their application.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 21st February 2017.

Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline.

Start date: 18th September 2017

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact Please specify which studentship you are applying for by quoting the following in the subject heading:  HSS003, Crook/Quirke