PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship for a project entitled "Placing Astronomy: Landscape, Space and Science at Armagh Observatory, 1790-1916" is available co-supervised with Queens University Belfast.

The project aims to investigate the historical geographies of astronomy at Armagh Observatory, which is the oldest continuously-active astronomical research institution in the British Isles.

The importance of place and landscape to the science conducted at the Observatory is evidenced by its position in the wider regional landscape, the situation of several historic astronomical instruments, and its ecclesiastical and civic connections to the City of Armagh.

The student, based partly at the Observatory and partly at QUB Geography Department, will be in a unique position to re-appraise the Observatory’s scientific heritage at an important time in its contemporary development.

The project will be co-supervised by Dr Oliver Dunnett at Queens University Belfast and Professor Michael Burton at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

This is fully-funded studentship (fees and stipend) funded through the Northern Bridge programme. 

Prospective applicants should contact Dr Dunnett ( and send him an expression of interest by 16th March 2020.

The project is likely to interest a student working towards a Masters degree in human geography or the history of science but other eligible candidates may also apply.


Key Dates:

- Expressions of Interest to by Monday 16th March 2020.

- Applications to Postgraduate portal by Wednesday 18th March 2020.

- Interviews in the week beginning 23rd March 2020.

Project Outline and Application