Research course

Cultural Heritage

University of Birmingham · Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants for these research programmes will already have undertaken postgraduate study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH), based at the University of Birmingham, takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of heritage. The IIICH draws on a global network of researchers and practitioners, as well as its long established links with the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and one of the World’s largest independent museums run by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in cultural heritage, heritage management and related areas.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of our academic staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

PhD researchers are normally supervised by teams of two academic staff attached to the Institute but we are able to call upon a wide-range of University staff expertise and external advisors in order to provide the best possible support.

A programme of research training is provided through our College Graduate School, which involves an induction course, introduction to information technologies and the use of library and bibliographic resources, basic training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and sessions on research planning, presentation skills and ethics.

Our PhD researchers are able to participate in our guest lecture programmes, seminars and events and are encouraged to participate in national and international conferences.

PhD study as a visiting scholar.

Researchers undertaking PhDs from Universities elsewhere in the world are able to spend short periods of time at the IIICH through our Visiting Scholar’s Programme.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.

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Fees and funding

UK students
PhD: £4,121 FT - £2,061 PT MA by Research: £4,110 FT - £2.055 PT
International students
PhD: £13,680 FT - £6,840 PT (DL only) MA by Research: £13,680 FT, £6,840 (DL only)

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005