PhD opportunities

The School of English at BCU is one of the University’s most successful research centres, and offers expert PhD supervision in a wide range of topics within English Studies.

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We currently have students working in English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing and Drama. Please find more information here:

Research Degrees – PhD

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.

Midlands4Cities Open Doctoral Award

These awards invite you to design and agree a research project with academic supervisors within the M4C partnership. There is the potential to build cross-institutional supervisory teams to maximise fit and expertise. Please find more information on M4C Doctoral Training Partnerships in the School of English here.

Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award with Writing West Midlands

A qualitative study of the reception of the literary arts and its implications for public funding for writing in the Midlands and beyond. Download details >>

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are co-designed between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer a project with established research aims, responding to particular needs in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. The supervisory teams are pre-established and are made up of academics from a Midlands4Cities university and a member of the external partner organisation.

A Collaborative Doctoral Award allows you to:

  • Produce a quality thesis under expert academic and partner supervision
  • Gain first-hand experience of partner organisations outside the university environment
  • Enhance employability and skills

For further details, please visit the Midlands4Cities website.