Our postgraduate research (including PhD) students

Postgraduate research students from the University of Birmingham have a variety of skills alongside their research specialisation.

Take a look below to find out more about them, their availability and preferences.

Who are they?

"At Pivigo we fully recognise the enormous potential that analytic postgraduates and PhDs bring to the workplace. We support analytical PhDs who wish to transition into data science roles, and we see that they come with excellent skills in mathematics, statistics, programming, problem solving and communication skills."

Kim Nilsson, CEO, Pivigo

Most of our research postgraduates are studying for their PhD.  A PhD usually takes students 3-4 years full-time, but can also be taken part-time over a longer period. Others may be undertaking a professional doctorate especially linked to a particular field, such as an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) or a Doctorate of Education (EdD). 

To pass a doctorate-level qualification, students need to undertake independent research and write this up as a thesis. The doctorate is awarded if this thesis is judged to make an original contribution to knowledge in the field.

The rest of our research postgraduates are studying a Masters by research, in which they undertake independent research and produce a thesis over a period of twelve months.

The nature of postgraduate research study means that our students have a range of high-level skills that can add real impact to your organisation, including:

  • Excellent data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Skills in project management
  • Self-motivation and drive
  • Experience in disseminating research and conveying complex ideas to audiences
  • Resilience and determination  to succeed

When are our postgraduate researchers available for work?

Postgraduate researchers often begin and end their courses at slightly different times. Although many start their studies at the end of September, others begin in January and at other points during the academic year, so there is no ‘fixed’ finish date for postgraduate researchers. As a result, they are often seeking job opportunities all year round.

What opportunities are postgraduate researchers seeking?

Not all postgraduate researchers are looking for an academic career. Many want to take their expertise into business and industry, or apply their specialist knowledge and research skills to roles in government, policy, charities or NGOs. Some seek to completely retrain in graduate-level roles, whilst others use their initiative and enterprising skills to set up their own businesses.

If you have roles that you would like to advertise to our postgraduate students, or are interested in targeting postgraduates from particular subject areas, please contact Katie Hoare, Postgraduate Employer Liaison Officer.