BCU launches 23 fully funded PhDs for September 2024

PhD student on laptop

Birmingham City University (BCU) has pledged its ongoing commitment to research by offering 23 fully funded PhD studentships for September 2024 entry. 

The BCU Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural PhD Studentship Scheme will offer aspiring postgraduate researchers a tax-free doctoral stipend for up to 42 months, plus a full fee waiver.  

BCU Vice-Chancellor Professor David Mba said: “I hope this scheme will attract students from all backgrounds, in particular groups that are historically underrepresented.  

“Research is vital to Birmingham and the West Midlands region. Our discoveries enhance the lives of people in our communities and equip our graduates with latest skills and insights to drive best practice in our regional organisations and industries. And our diverse community gives us a wonderful blend of perspectives that will make our research unique. 

“I look forward to welcoming our new cohort of postgraduate researchers to BCU and seeing the impacts of their research unfold throughout their PhD journey.” 

PhD studentships are available in each of BCU’s specialist subject areas: 

  • Arts, Design and Media (ADM) 
  • Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS) 
  • Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) 
  • Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) 

Successful applicants will also have opportunity to gain transferable skills and opportunities to develop their professional expertise by undertaking paid teaching activity and joining research groups. 

Post completion, PhD graduates will be encouraged to apply for BCU research and teaching opportunities to further develop their academic expertise. 

Applications are open to all eligible UG and PGT graduates and are particularly encouraged from groups that have historically been underrepresented in doctoral study. Eligibility for the scheme: 

  • Undergraduate students with a good (1 / 2.i / 2.ii) Honours degree, or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to their chosen project. 
  • Postgraduate students with a Masters degree in a subject area relevant to their chosen project. 
  • The scheme is open to Home and International fee status applicants. 

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview before the end of May 2024. Successful applicants will enrol at BCU in September 2024. 

Find out more about the PhD Studentships, register to attend a Q&A session, and apply online. 

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