Birmingham is a research-rich University with academic staff who are global experts in their field, including people whose work pushes forward the frontiers of their subject. The University of Birmingham offers a huge diversity of opportunities for research at postgraduate level. You can pursue your own research alongside internationally-ranked academics.
Research study area
This is an example of the type of dedicated space we have available for research students across the College.
Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN)
The Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN) is the first cross-University network for PhD students (DRs) studying aspects of diversity and is supported by its Alumni Impact Fund. Our definition of diversity is quite broad, covering issues such as ethnicity, race, religion, migration, gender, age and other related dimensions.
Find out more about the Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN)
The School expects research students to undergo relevant assessed research training. You need to discuss this with your supervisor(s) but generally you are required to take 60 credits of research training from the MA Social Research .
The research training modules we expect you to take are from the following four 20 credit modules:
Introduction to Social Research
Social Research Methods I
Social Research Methods II.
Normally we expect students to take the Introduction to Social Science Research module, Research Design and Social Research Methods I.
Students who are doing their research in the area of Finance (please double check this with your supervisor) in the Department of Accounting and Finance are required to take a different combination of modules.
Students who do their research in the Department of Economics need to pass and take research training modules specifically orientated towards Economics students. PhD Students in the Department of Economics are required to take a taught module in Advanced Research Methods in Economics and strongly recommended to take at least two out of three of the following modules, each of which comprises 20 credits:
Advanced Research Training in Microeconomics
Advanced Research Training in Macroeconomics
Advanced Research Training in Econometrics.