Birkbeck is a research-intensive university based in central London. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Birkbeck was ranked 30th nationally for research excellence and intensity with 73% of our research rated 'world leading’ or 'internationally excellent'. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 puts Birkbeck in the top third of almost 1400 universities across 92 countries.
You can view research areas and the interests of potential PhD supervisors on the following Birkbeck departmental webpages. Potential supervisors can also be found on the Birkbeck Experts’ database.
As a research-intensive university, Birkbeck offers a range of competitively awarded PhD studentships and bursaries. Information about funded opportunities for a full range of PhD studentships is available.
Our PhD studentships include the following nationally funded programmes where Birkbeck is a key partner.
UK Government Doctoral loans PhD students can borrow up to £25,000 to cover the costs of studying. These loans can be used to support both part time and full time doctoral research.