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PhD opportunities

PhD Studentships

The Birmingham School of Art has a vibrant community of Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) studying for PhDs in subjects aligned to our research clusters.

Our PGRs have been successful in securing funding from AHRC-funded doctoral training partnerships, university studentships and the prestigious Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest studentship.

Midlands4Cities

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is awarding up to 80 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2019 through an open competition as well as 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

PGRs funded through the predecessor to Midlands4Cities which was Midlands3Cities have studied with us for PhDs in painting, queer art practice and art and landscape. Current Midlands3Cities funded PGRs are researching painting, the visual arts in regeneration, Middle Eastern visual arts, Chinese contemporary art, new materialism in contemporary media arts and the Conservator as Artist.

Find out more about applying to Midland4Cities

Gertrude Aston Bowater PhD Award

As part of the generous Gertrude Aston Bowater bequest to Birmingham School of Art, a PhD studentship is made available every three years. In 2018 this studentship was joined with our exciting partnership with Tate Liverpool.

BCU PhD studentships and STEAM studentships

Students studying with researchers at the School of Art have been successful in attracting funding through Birmingham City University’s prestigious STEAM scholarships. 

Read more about applying for a PhD

Our PGRs

The Birmingham School of Art has a vibrant community of Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) studying for PhDs in subjects aligned to our research clusters. As well as expert supervision, our PGRs are supported via a fortnightly seminar series, an annual Studio Takeover! and the activities of the Arts, Design and Media Faculty’s PGR Studio.

Our PGRs have been successful in securing funding from Midlands3Cities (an AHRC-funded doctoral training partnership), university studentships and the prestigious Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest studentship.

Read more about applying for a PhD

Current postgraduate researchers

  • Ana Rutter: “Gathering the everyday; towards a new understanding of affect and embodied encounters in non-narrative sound installation”
  • Gay Place: “Gay Place: A quiet piece of work in progress. An investigation onto the precarious nature of bodily identity as experienced in the production of contemporary art”
  • Dane Worrallo: “Figuring Algorithms and Immateriality: The Undecidable Iterations of Digital Art Practices”
  • Federica Mirra: “Fictional reality: Chinese Contemporary Art and Urban Transformation”
  • Harriet Carter: “Beyond Transposition? An exploration of painting and the metaphysical through birdsong and Messiaen's compositions”
  • Jacob Koster: “Changing Nature of critical practices in contemporary art”
  • Joanna Fursman: “New Knowledge Pedagogy in Contemporary Art Pratice: Re-writing/wiring school Art curriculum”
  • Jonnie Turpie: “The Drawn Portrait in Contemporary Printmaking: A journey between analogue and digital”
  • Kristian Gath: “The Visual Arts in Urban Regeneration. A Tale of Two Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Birmingham and Liverpool”
  • Lily Mitchell: “The Other Stage: Curating Chinese Contemporary Art in the UK”
  • Lin Nuo: “Art in the Urban Transformation: Private Art Museum and Real Estate Development in China since 2000”
  • Lucy Lopez: “What role can the artist - run space play in addressing and forming publics?”
  • Nat Muller: “Lost Futurities: Science Fiction in Visual and Media Art from the Middle East”
  • Rawan Sharaf: “The Role Played by Palestinian Cultural Institution in the Formation and Transformation of Palestinian Visual / Cultural Identity”
  • Rebecca Court: The Artist as Political Puppeteer, the Gallery as Social Puppet, the Viewer as the Passive Participant?”
  • Sally Bailey: “w/hole: an investigation of the 'between', of the potentiality of the liminal space in contemporary painting”
  • Sarah Walden: “The Sensuousness of Error: Investigating glitch, complexity, synesthesia and new materialism in contemporary media arts”
  • Sean Wilson: “Situating Queer Modes of Sharing within Curatorial Practice”
  • Shenglan Yu: “Chinese Contemporary Art in the 21st Century”
  • Simon Fleury: “Conservator as Artist: Re-thinking intra-objectivity for contemporary art practice via the Raphael Tapestry Cartoons”
  • Sophie Hedderwick: “Beyond sensors, de-coding the curve of the young female body: feminism and polymorphous performance art in the age of the digital transformation”
  • Stephen Bulcock: “Draw a cowboy: An investigation into concepts of Human Computer Interface (HCI) design and the creative drawing process”
  • Vivianne Barsky: “The Creation of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem”
  • Ying Sun: “Chinese square dance: exploring the relationship among sound, residents and urban square”
PhDs awarded since 2014
  • Dr Khulod Albugami (2019): “Al-Sadu as a Way of Understanding the Sociospatial Practices of Contemporary Art by Saudi Women”
  • Dr Sheridan Horn (2019): “Living with Loss: An Enquiry into the Expression of Grief and Mourning in Contemporary Art Practice”
  • Dr Guy Osherov (2019): “The Poetic Mechanics of Erasure: Practicing the Minor Politics of Sound
  • Dr Jakub Celgarz (2018): “Materializing Palimpsest: interrogation into palimpsestuousness as a queer enactment in artistic research”
  • Dr Sijing Chen (2018): “The Creative Beings: The Visual Culture of ‘Guai’ in China from 1949 to 1978”
  • Dr Alberto Condotta (2018): “Diffracting Painting: 'Mattering' as reconfiguration of its making understanding and encountering”
  • Dr Stuart Mugridge (2018): “-and-being-of-the-#Britishlangscape-[fold here]exploring the malleability of landscape, language and the creative act”
  • Dr Peipei Yu (2018): “Seeking the Cultural Originality: a critical study on product design in contemporary China”
  • Dr Samantha Hughes-Johnson (2017): “The Fresco Decoration of the Oratorio dei Buonomini di San Martino: Piety and charity in late fifteenth century Florence”
  • Dr Rachel Marsden (2017): “The Transcultural Curator: Interpreting Contemporary Chinese Art in the West since 1980”
  • Dr Mattia Paganelli (2017): “The Image of Time: Emergence and irreversibility in the making of sense in contemporary art practices”
  • Dr Yanyan Wang (2017): “Creating a New Urban Culture: a critical study on the educational significance of the Shanghai Biennale”
  • Dr Grace Williams (2017): “The Supernatural Sex: Women, Magick and Mediumship Assembling a Field of Fascination within Contemporary Art”
  • Dr Roger Gill (2015): “Pinturicchio’s Frescoes in the Sala dei Santi in the Vatican Palace: Authorship and a new iconological interpretation of the 'Egyptian' theme”
  • Dr Jian Leng (2015): “Gatekeeping the arts: National policy, student perception and the art and design entrance examination in China”
  • Dr Quimei Yu (2015): “Contemporary Chinese Art and Design University Students' Internal Mobility”
  • Dr Amy Bourbon (2014): “Towards a new Way of Thinking in Painting through the Application of Analogous Notions of Listening and Analysis in Acousmatic Music”
  • Dr Lisa Metherell (2014): “Glittering orientations: towards a non-figurative queer art practice”
  • Dr Jacqueline Taylor (2014): “Writing // Painting; l’écriture féminine and difference in the making”