AHRC PhD scholarships with the University of Birmingham (Offered through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership)

This event is an opportunity to discuss AHRC PhD funding opportunities through the University of Birmingham as a member of The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP). The M3C DTP is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

The M3C DTP is awarding up to 80 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry. Recruitment opened on Monday 9 October 2017. The deadline for funding applications and references is Monday 15 January 2018, by which time you must also have applied for a place to study.

This doctoral scheme provides studentships which enable students to undertake and complete a doctoral degree. Studentships will normally be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study. They are for campus based students only and distance learning is not therefore eligible.

As a member of the M3C DTP, the University of Birmingham invite applications from Home and EU students with research interests in the following broad areas:

  • Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Heritage Studies
  • History (including African Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary (including Sexuality and Gender Studies)
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Media, Film Studies and Creative Writing
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religion
  • Visual Arts and History of Art

The deadline for funding applications and references is Monday 15 January 2018, by which time you must also have applied for a place to study.

Please click here for further details on the Midlands3Cities DTP.

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Speaker profiles

  • Professor Helen Abbott

    Helen is the Director of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School and a Professor in Modern Languages. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

  • Dr Gillian Wright

    Gillian is a Reader in English and Irish Literature, focusing on literature from the early modern period. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

  • Roxanne McLean

    Roxanne is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the AHRC PhD scholarships with the University of Birmingham (Offered through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership) live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Adrian Vatcher asked:

I am interested in a professor from the University of Warwick being one of my supervisors. I note that Warwick is an associate of the M3C DTP. If that person is willing to be a supervisor, would I still be able to apply for an M3C studentship?

Gillian Wright replied:

I’m afraid this isn’t possible under M3C rules. The University of Warwick, although an M3C associate, isn’t a full member of the M3C consortium, and doesn’t fall under our learning and teaching agreement.


For an application to be valid under M3C rules, all supervisors need to be employed by one of the six fully participating institutions. Across these institutions, a very wide range of subject scholarship is available. The following link — http://www.midlands3cities.ac.uk/research-opportunities/supervisors.aspx — will enable you to search across the consortium for supervisors in your area. Bear in mind that you need to list at least two prospective co-supervisors on your application, so there is lots of scope for putting together an expert and supportive team.

Adrian Vatcher asked:

I live in Bath, and plan to continue living there. What level of attendance on campus would be expected of recipients of AHRC funding?

Prof. Helen Abbott replied:

The prestigious M3C PhD funding programme includes an extensive range of training opportunities, including via a rich programme of seminars, workshops, professional development, and placement opportunities right across the Midlands (and sometimes further afield). It is important to be able to engage with these opportunities throughout your doctoral research, so it is usual that our doctoral students live close to their Host Institution (a number of our M3C researchers are supervised by more than one university member of the doctoral training consoritum, so travel to supervisions at another university from time to time as well). While there is no formal attendance pattern for doctoral students on the M3C scheme, you do need to be able to commit your time as part of a cohort of researchers across the Midlands, and to (at least) monthly supervisions with your supervisory team,  as well as making use of the world-class research library facilities at the University of Birmingham and/or another M3C institution.

The University of Birmingham must receive two funding references from your nominated referees before the application deadline of Monday 15 January 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that you contact your referees for the AHRC references and that they have been received by this deadline.

Pat asked:

I am interested in commencing a research PhD in History. Is it possible to start in January or do I have to wait until September next year?

Prof. Helen Abbott replied:

For doctoral funding from the Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership, only one start date is possible (all cohorts start in September). The application deadline for funding is 15 January 2018, with outcomes known by April 2018, a training/welcome event in May 2018, and then you start your funded PhD programme in September 2018.

For a PhD programme which is self-funded or funded through another external sponsor, other start dates are possible (e.g. January), but a January 2018 start date would be very soon if you haven’t yet been working on a PhD proposal with a supervisor – typically this takes some iterations, preliminary research to draft a research proposal, before you then go through the formal admissions process. Do drop a line to your preferred potential supervisor to start working on a project idea to see where this gets you.