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Thinking of doing a PhD?

Thinking of doing a PhD? Become a Postgraduate Researcher at one of the world’s leading universities: Birkbeck, University of London

Why Birkbeck? Research with impact

Birkbeck is a research-intensive university based in central London. We are 30th in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and the 2018-19 Times Higher Education rankings (which represents the top 5% of the world’s higher education institutions) put Birkbeck in the top quartile for research.

  • Join our research community as one of over 800 postgraduate research students
  • Join a world-leading university with a vibrant, intellectually challenging and exciting research environment building upon 200 years of research excellence. 73% of our research was rated 'world leading’ or 'internationally excellent' in REF2014
  • Part time and flexible modes of study are well established in addition to full time study
  • Access to competitively awarded PhD studentships
  • Benefit from the support of your supervisor, department and the Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS) with access to training and professional development aimed specifically at PhD researchers
  • Central London location within walking distance to the British Library, British Museum, School of Advanced Study, Wellcome Collection and other internationally significant collections and resources
  • Links with national cultural institutions, including the Tate, the Museum of London, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and City of London Metropolitan Archives
  • We have over 50 Research Centres and specialist Institutes with an interdisciplinary focus
  • Birkbeck is in the top 10% of universities for international outlook, based on overseas staff, students and research collaborations (2018-19 Times Higher Education World University rankings)
  • Birkbeck has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award (issued by the Equality Challenge Unit), recognising the College's commitment to achieving gender equality and continued work in this area.
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PhD funding opportunities for 2019/20 Entry

As a research-intensive university, Birkbeck offers a range of competitively awarded PhD studentships and bursaries funded by Birkbeck, Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust, charities, government and industry.

Guidance about funding your PhD, including our full range of PhD studentships is available.

Many funded programmes have deadlines in January - March 2019 so you should check with the specific programme you are interested in. Our PhD studentships include the following nationally funded programmes where Birkbeck is a key partner.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding

Wellcome Trust

Other sources of funding

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