ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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

Each year we are able to award at least 22 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

Our DTC students 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: 

Dr Catherine Mills
Graduate School Manager and PGCARMS Course Leader