Research Opportunities

Doctoral Research Degrees

Studying for a research degree is a very significant commitment and research students need to be well-qualified, highly motivated and capable of working independently. A minimum of three years' full-time study is needed to complete a doctoral level programme. Each student's research degree programme is personalised to match their interests to the research priorities, staff expertise and research facilities available at the University.

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Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.


PhD Studentships

PhD studentships are PhD funding opportunities supported by organisations, where your research will be actively used in overcoming real-world problems. 

Midlands 4 Cities funding

Midlands 4 Cities offer prestigious, fully funded Arts and Humanities PhD scholarships provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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The University currently offers two types of degree, one at level and one at Master's level, with scope to study full-time, part-time or by distance learning.

  • The Doctor of Philosophy or PhD is recognised worldwide as the 'gold standard and is often an essential requirement for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce.
  • The Doctor of Business Administration or DBA is a part-time professional doctorate offered by the Birmingham City Business School, which is ideally suited to those who are currently in employment and have significant experience of working in a commercial or public sector environment. In the DBA the research is carried out within the employing organisation.

If you are interested in studying for PhD or DBA, please contact the relevant Research Centre to discuss your ideas. We also offer the Professional Doctorate in Education or EdD, which is tailored to the needs of busy practitioners and enables them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through an interdisciplinary programme of research into their professional practice.

Information on applying for a research degree

Midlands4Cities PhD Studentships

PhD welcome guide 2017 

Fellowships and visiting scholars scheme

We have previously hosted several very successful fellowship and scholarship schemes, which have enabled academics from other institutions to spend time with us and make valuable contributions to our knowledge base. These have included International Fellowships funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

For more information contact the research office.

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

Doctoral Training Partnership