What is the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership?

Doctoral Training PartnershipMidlands3Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Studentships at Birmingham City University

Recruitment to the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership for 2018 has now ended but for information on 2019 entry on the successor programme, please visit the Midlands4Cities website.

Birmingham City University is one of six universities in the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). This DTP is one of 11 in the UK funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Over five years this partnership has offered over 400 PhD studentships to excellent research students in the arts and humanities.

The DTP, a collaboration between the universities of Birmingham City, Birmingham, De Montfort, Leicester, Nottingham and Nottingham Trent, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision, subject specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Since 2014, at Birmingham City University we have had Midland3Cities students in the university’s research centres, such as the Centre for Design and Creative Industries, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and in the Schools of Art, English and Law. These centres and schools combine a history of world-renowned academic excellence with vocational and commercial research activities that are helping define the ways in which we understand the arts, and the world around us, in the 21st century.

A day in the life of a Midlands3Cities student

Want to know what it's really like to be a postgraduate student on the Midlands3Cities scholarship? Dr Karen Patel, who was one of our media students, shares her experiences in this video or read more in her blog.

All of our research centres have extensive links with commercial partners, policy-makers and arts organisations, both here in the UK and overseas, which  supplement the institutional support Birmingham City University provides. Midlands3Cities students are able to draw on the expertise of supervisors at Birmingham City University and partner universities.

The studentships cover the full cost of fees for the doctoral programme, a full-time student stipend for living expenses, and funding for specific expenses associated with the doctoral research and professional development of successful applicants.

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