ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

The Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 such centres across the UK. These were selected on the basis of research excellence, excellent environments for doctoral research and for having a critical mass in the social sciences. They represent a commitment by ESRC and Birmingham to supporting the skills development of those undertaking PhDs.

Each year we are able to award a number of ESRC studentships, with a new competition beginning each year in the Autumn.

As a DTC we are also involved in providing advanced training in research methods, and making it available to the doctoral research community and beyond.

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (PGCARMS)

Developed and managed by the University Graduate School, in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences, PGCARMS provides enhanced advanced training in research and transferable skills to social science doctoral researchers as part of University of Birmingham’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. Completion of PGCARMS is compulsory for DTC students.

Advanced Training

As a DTC student you can access a range of advanced trainings at other DTCs in the DTC Network via the National Centre for Research Methods website (Search for courses via the 'Training and Events' tab on the top bar).

All our DTC students are eligible to apply for a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

Key Contacts

Professor Pete Alcock
DTC Director

DTC Administrator:
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 2898

PGCARMS Enquiries: