PhD studentships

We have a variety of PhD studentships now available across our faculties.

Our REF 2014 results demonstrate the public benefit of our research to society and the economy, with almost 90% deemed to have either 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact.

Our impact case studies >>REF 2014 >>

Watch our new video to find out more about the wider benefits of our research.

Birmingham City University is committed to distinctive and rigorous research in core areas aligned to our curriculum and external needs. Research is an essential component of what universities do and our researchers are committed to discovering new knowledge and delivering real benefit to society, industry and the public and third sectors by the application of their research. Take a look at the video to see what research means to them.

Supporting the region and its businesses through collaborative research and knowledge exchange is important to us and we work closely with local organisations and the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) to assist with delivery of key regional economic priorities.

Research does not, however, respect geographic boundaries and our researchers connect actively into national, European and worldwide networks. Participating in large multi-country research projects is increasingly important, allowing us to combine our research capability with that of other partners to address the complex and multi-disciplinary challenges being faced by society today and into the future.

A focus on four key research themes allows us to build teams of researchers from across our different academic areas into multi-disciplinary teams to focus on regional, national and global priorities:

  • Arts, Culture and Creativity
  • Design-Led Innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Healthy Societies

Through these thematic groupings our researchers can work effectively across faculties in collaboration with external organisations, to ensure our collective research and knowledge exchange capacity delivers maximum benefit to our research users, society, culture and the economy.

Find out more about our research:

Research Stories

See what our research means to collaborators and research users, as well as society, the environment, culture and the economy.

Research Stories

Research Strategy

Learn what research means to Birmingham City University, find out more about our research journey and our plans for the future.

Research Strategy

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students