We offer a wide range of world-leading research opportunities to choose from.
Our research programmes involve the completion of original academic research, or a piece of scholarship, which you will conduct under expert supervision from a Birmingham academic. You will also be supported by a thriving academic community of internationally renowned research staff and talented research peers, alongside research skills training.
Birmingham - research that matters
As a researcher at Birmingham, you will benefit from working in an environment in which excellence and innovation are made possible by brilliant people, outstanding facilities and strong collaborative networks. You will be joining a global top 100 university tackling some of the biggest issues the world faces, making a difference to people's lives on a daily basis. Within this nurturing academic community, you will be able to contribute to shaping and changing lives.
Routes in to Research
There are generally, two routes to a Birmingham research degree.
Apply for an 'advertised PhD'.
This is part of an established research project and is usually funded by the University or other funding body. Generally, advertised PhDs are associated with the physical and life sciences subjects. Some advertised PhDs will be pre-defined but some may require you to propose your own research.
Propose your own research
Apply to any of our PhD programmes and propose your own research that is ‘self-funded’ (by you, a sponsor, or other sources not explicitly attached to the PhD on application). Usually you submit a research proposal and identify your proposed supervisor. These are generally associated with the arts and social sciences.
How to apply
Once you have decided if you'd like to apply for an 'advertised PhD' or propose your own research, you'll need to follow a few simple steps to get your application to the University started.
Funding your research
Each year we invest in research funding to attract outstanding students to our PhD programmes, nationally and internationally. Find out what opportunities are available to help you fund your research degree.
Not sure on your research topic?
Birmingham is one of the most popular UK Universities for postgraduate study. We offer 140 research degrees across 47 different subject areas to suit your interests and specialisms. We also offer flexible research options that can be studied part-time or online to help fit your research around your other current job or other commitments.