Doctoral Research


Doctor of Social Work (DSW)Doctoral research, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

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 offers a huge diversity of opportunities for research at PhD level. At Birmingham you will pursue your own research alongside internationally-ranked academics.


Students groupwork

The contribution of our research students is integral to the academic and community life of the School.

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Doctoral Training Centre

Students graduation

Birmingham is one of 21 ESRC Doctoral Training Centres across the UK.

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Skills training

International students

All applicants are assessed to identify their training needs before and during their registration

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DRDN (Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network) |

DRDN is the first cross-University network for PhD students studying aspects of diversity. 

Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN)


Dr Ricky Joseph talks about the Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN) and how this research fits in with the work of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).


Cafe PhD |

Interested in PhD study? If so, then Cafe PhD is for you. Cafe PhD is a social, a research forum and a discussion session rolled into one.

Find a PhD

Search for PhD opportunities, funding and potential supervisors through the Doctoral ReSEARCHer database.