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Student testimonials

Below are some comments from our PhD students past and present.

"Studying for a PhD in English as a member of CMRC gave me the opportunity to work closely with experts on the Medieval and Renaissance periods across a number of different disciplines, including archaeology, history and music. There is a real sense of community between researchers in CMRC which I think benefits everyone's work. The individual support that I received throughout my PhD, both on academic and personal levels could not have been better."

Dr Louise Rayment - Visiting Fellow


"The time and space necessary to carry out pure research on a topic of your own choosing in the Humanities are more precious than the gold of Ophir. In a fast-paced, results-driven world it is difficult to devote your full attention to a matter of consuming interest. But a PhD in any of the fields of study encompassed by the CMRC offers you a chance (perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime-chance) to do just that. What's more, the CMRC is populated by scholars at the top of those fields, which means it is filled with promise and opportunity for students, whatever disciplinary background they come from. I have found that a PhD does require a significant step up from Masters level; it is of necessity an individual effort, and that can be challenging. However, the CMRC is a collegiate and supportive environment, which makes it easier. I would always have regretted turning down the opportunity to do a PhD."

Robert Smith - PhD student


"Being affiliated to the CMRC has so far been an invaluable aspect of my PhD experience. The Centre's fortnightly seminars, conferences, and recent international Fools and Folly symposium, have given me the opportunity to engage with interdisciplinary as well as subject specific research, as well as sharing my own work as part of a wider research context. The CMRC is closely connected to GradNet, the University of Southampton Humanities postgraduate network, which is run by and for postgraduate students, offering hands-on workshops, an annual conference, and an annual peer-reviewed journal. It is exciting and inspiring to be part of such a vibrant, cutting-edge, research community."

Nadia van Pelt - PhD student

"Studying for a PhD within the CMRC has been an extremely rewarding experience.  Not only have I been able to benefit from the expertise and support of academics at the top of their fields, but also had the opportunity to broaden my horizons beyond my own discipline of Archaeology.  The CMRC's strength is its cross-disciplinary and inclusive nature that has enabled me to grow and improve as a researcher.  I would therefore heartily recommend the CMRC to anyone wishing to continue their postgraduate studies within medieval and Renaissance studies."

Gemma Watson - PhD student 

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