PhD blog

Studying a PhD can be fascinating, challenging, lonely, exciting and rewarding...sometimes all in one day. Our postgraduate researchers offer a glimpse into their research while providing valuable advice on future career options, balancing studies with work and social life, and the PhD process.

Using big data to improve youth culture in Birmingham

Birmingham City University postgraduate researcher Jill Robinson has partnered with Beatfreeks on an innovative research project investigating the role of big data in public sector policymaking

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Helping car manufacturers with CO2 legislations

Nassir Ibrahim is helping to ensure car manufacturers don't get stung by new laws.

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Rethinking wayfinding: examining why people get lost

Hospitals, museums and airports all have one thing in common: a massive network of signage to help you navigate, so why...

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Examining the Sans Serif typeface

David Osbaldestin is assessing the culture and heritage of the Sans Serif typeface.

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Creating an independent research strategy

The PhD is a chance for you to make your own journey, one with many exciting and unpredictable paths.

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A different assessment of Brexit voters

Jay Rowe is examining the changing voter attitudes in the aftermath of Brexit.

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Developing your PhD research question

PhD student Alan Taman discusses the challenges of developing your research question and explains why it's important t...

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Advice from a PhD Student Rep

Sally Bailey discusses her role as Student Rep within the PhD community and shares her advice.

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What are my PhD job prospects?

Alan Dolhasz discusses why academia isn't the only route for your PhD.

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Starting a PhD

PhD student Alan Taman, based within Psychology and Public Health, recalls the excitement and trepidation he felt upon ...

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Getting the right support

A PhD can be challenging and your mental health can take a toll, but there is support out there.

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How to survive the PhD viva

How to prepare for the viva oral examination, which takes place after submitting your thesis.

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Being part of a PhD community

There was only place Emma Nenadic was ever going to study her music education PhD - BCU.

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Making your PhD a Brilliant experience

Sebastian Svegaard discusses his work with leading charity The Brilliant Club.

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Should I get a job or do a PhD?

Sometimes the path to a PhD can be unexpected. For Hannah Harvey, the initial decision to become a clinician changed w...

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Exploring the impact of forensic science in US law

After becoming fascinated by the US legal system while doing her Master’s,  Amelia Shooter  knew it would become the...

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Making the leap from full-time work to full-time PhD study

Jacqueline enjoyed undertaking research projects and discovering new information, and the idea of embarking on a PhD w...

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Evaluating psychological therapy for minority groups

Afsana's research journey began by finding the perfect project through the STEAM scholarship programme. Now, she hopes ...

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