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Research at Birmingham City University underpins our learning and teaching, is demand led and increasingly disciplinary. Our researchers work across disciplines with collaborators locally, nationally and internationally to produce research of high impact to society, the environment, culture and the economy. If you’re 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.



Why choose us? 

  • Almost 90% of our research was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ external impact, while 60% of our research was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) (REF 2014).
  • Ranked in the UK top 20 for students feeling part of a community of staff and students (National Student Survey 2018)
  • Many of our academics come from and maintain their links with industry and the professions.
  • Many of academic staff are National Teaching Fellows – the most prestigious award for excellence in university teaching and learning.
  • New business innovation centre, STEAMhouse, features a range of co-working, artist production, incubation and networking facilities for small and medium-sized businesses in the West Midlands. First phase opened in May 2018, second phase to follow in 2019.


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PhD studentships allow us to further research in a particular area by offering funded opportunities for researchers to make a genuine contribution to knowledge. See our studentship pages for more.



We've invested £260 million in our facilities and are continuing to invest. Whether it's our state-of-the-art Parkside Building which includes the largest concentration of TV studios between London and Salford or the simulated operating theatre and hospital wards at our City South Campus, we're making sure you have the best possible space to learn. Our libraries provide access to over 135 million resources including books, journal articles, e-book chapters and conference proceedings.



Benefits of studying a PhD 

  • Make an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline
  • Higher lifetime earnings - 3.5 years after graduation, 72% of doctoral graduate respondents were earning over £30,000 compared with 56% of master’s graduates and 22% of first degree graduates (who obtained good grades).
  • Increase access to higher level jobs or certain career paths. You may wish to embark on a doctoral degree as an enabling step towards a research-intensive career either in higher education or in the public or private sector. While there are some exceptions, a doctoral-level qualification is increasingly essential to progress in higher education.
  • Help find solutions to challenges facing your industry
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If you’d like to find out what more Birmingham City University has to offer, get in touch.


Why choose us?

At Birmingham City University, we’ve been educating professionals since 1843. Our commitment to high quality teaching, innovative practice and cutting edge research ensures that Birmingham City University ranks among the best modern universities in the country.

  • BCU PGT image96% of our postgraduates find work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Our strong links with industry ensure our courses are relevant and innovative. We work with leading brands such as Rolls-Royce, Cisco, Microsoft, Sony, Mitchell & Butler, Sky UK, The Royal Shakespeare Company and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Almost 90% of our research was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ external impact (REF 2014)
  • Benefit from accredited courses. Around 40 of our courses are accredited by respected industry bodies.
  • We have undertaken a £260 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus.

Why Birmingham?

Join us at Birmingham City University and you will be right in the heart of a forward-looking and vibrant city with plenty of attractions close at hand.

  • Birmingham has the highest quality of life of any UK city outside of the capital. (Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017)
  • The second most cost-effective city for students in the UK. (UNiDAYS 2017)
  • One of the 10 most entrepreneurial cities in the UK. (Instant offices 2017)

Postgraduate subjects

With over 140 postgraduate and professional development courses, spanning health and sport, business, the arts and social studies, Birmingham City University offers its students a whole world of opportunity. Our courses equip you with the most relevant knowledge and skills to enhance your career prospects and encourage you to develop your powers of analysis and critical thinking.

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There's no better way to find out more than to drop-in to one of our events. Students and lecturers will be on hand to answer all of your questions and to show you around our facilities. We host subject-specific events throughout the year.

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Benefits of postgraduate study

It’s becoming more beneficial to have a postgraduate degree than ever before. For instance:

  • Someone with a Master’s degree or PHD earns £240,000 more over a 40-year working life than someone with just a degree. (Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2017, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
  • By 2022, one in seven jobs could require postgraduate qualifications (UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2014)
  • There are an increasing number of occupations where employers require a postgraduate qualification, including some areas of law, engineering and teaching, professional psychology roles, international development and NGO’s, technical roles in the environment profession and quantitive roles in investment banking. (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services)

If you’d like to find out what more Birmingham City University has to offer, get in touch.

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