Join us - Our PhDs

Looking to become an expert in your field? Birmingham City University is home to a supportive and friendly research environment, with access to experienced academic supervisors to guide you on your PhD journey. 

PhD Courses

Find out more about PhD courses on offer across our four faculties at Birmingham City University. 

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Research Centres

Our research centres work to address key local, national and global challenges, in line with the priorities of the University and our students.

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Fees and Funding

Find out more about all the funding opportunities that are available to you, as well as guidance on fees and studentships.

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How to apply

Get help and advice on the application process, and find out what to expect when studying a PhD and sending your application.

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Postgraduate Research Stories

Hear from our postgraduate researchers on what studying a PhD is like, from career opportunities to effective time management.

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Contact Us

Got any queries or concerns about what studying a PhD at BCU is like? Send us a question or find the answer in our PhD FAQs.

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Postgraduate Research Virtual Open Event

Interested in conducting a PhD with us? Our Virtual Postgraduate Open Event is designed to give you personalised information about applying for postgraduate research courses and understanding research degree funding.

Sign up to join our postgraduate research virtual event on Wednesday 10th July, 4pm-6pm. 

Research Hub

The Research Hub is located on our City Centre Campus, and is available to all Postgraduate Research (PGR) students, whether they are just beginning, or continuing, their research journey.  This dedicated space allows PGR students to come together to study, receive training, give talks and network, and provides hot desking for Research Office staff who work with PGR students.

PhD Studentships

PhD studentships are PhD funding opportunities supported by the University and organisations, where your research will be actively used in overcoming real-world problems.

Researcher blogs

Hear from our postgraduate researchers on what studying a PhD is like, from career opportunities to effective time management.


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Meet our researchers

BCU is home to talented and proactive research academics, who have created ground-breaking ideas challenging their field of study and the world.

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Research projects

Solving real world problems with our expertise. Our research talent and drive to add a genuine contribution to knowledge help us make a difference through our work.

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Graduate Scholarship

The Graduate Scholarship is a 20% fee reduction available to all BCU graduates (BA, BSc, LLB, MA, MSc, LLM, PGCE) enrolling onto an eligible Master’s or PhD qualification for the first time in 2024/25. Find out more