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How to Apply

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How to apply

1. Find your preferred supervisor using our experts database.

2. Contact you preferred supervisor to discuss possible projects and funding opportunities, and to establish whether they are able and willing to supervise you.

Once you have decided to apply, follow the process described on our research application page.

A  list of the information required in the application is provided here for reference. However, you must apply through the on-line postgraduate application from for the PhD programme that you are interested in.

The prospective student webpages provide additional information to help you decide whether or not to study with us.

Research at Birkbeck is organised into 5 Schools:

In addition, many of our researchers work together through our research centres and institutes.

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Birkbeck is a member of the following Research Council-funded DTCs:


Who should apply

The College welcomes applications from prospective PhD students who are interested in working in any of our research areas.

Applications are particularly welcome from students who have identified a potential sponsor for their studentship, and from students who are looking to study part time, in line with Birkbecks tradition of being  the first choice for students who want a flexible university experience, tailored around other responsibilities.

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Applications are considered at any time for entry in October, January and April. Funded programmes may have specific application deadlines, usually between January and March each year.