Doctoral research

British Library show-and-tell

We support postgraduate research through our Reading Rooms and online resources, through collaborative projects, and through research training events.

These partnerships explore and open up our collections to enhance our engagement with different research and public audiences.

Collaborative doctoral research

We co-supervise doctoral research in partnership with universities from across the country, covering a range of disciplines and subject areas. This includes projects developed through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships programme

Future opportunities for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships and studentships for forthcoming projects will be advertised here when available. 

See a full list of our current collaborative doctoral students and their specialisms.

Doctoral training partnerships

We also work closely with university partners to support postgraduate research training initiatives accross all disciplines. We are currently a partner in several AHRC and ESRC doctoral training consortia including:

We are open to discussing potential collaborations as part of the AHRC's DTP2, the current call for Doctoral Training Partnerships for studentships starting in 2019/20. Find out more

PhD placement scheme

Our annual placement scheme offers doctoral researchers from all disciplines the chance to develop and apply transferrable skills and expertise outside the university sector. Projects cover activities ranging from vital support for cataloguing, conservation and interpretation to policy research, resource development and research engagement. 

To be added to our PhD placement mailing list and be notified when new opportunities are available email Research.Development@bl.uk

Doctoral Open Days

For first-year PhD students, our annual programme of Doctoral Open Days offers an introduction to the practicalities of using the Library and help in navigating our physical and online collections. 

Find out more about our Doctoral Open Days and how students can benefit from them.

EThOS

Our free e-theses service allows you to access over 440,000 PhD thesis records online. An immediate full-text download is available for over 170,000 theses. Visit ethos.bl.uk

 

Future opportunities for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships and studentships for forthcoming projects will be advertised here when available. 
Future opportunities for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships and studentships for forthcoming projects will be advertised here when available. 
Future opportunities for Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships and studentships for forthcoming projects will be advertised here when available. 

More about doctoral research

5 reasons to attend a British Library Doctoral Open Day

Find out more about what happens on the day

PhD placements at the British Library

Our PhD placement scheme supports the professional development of researchers for future career paths both within and outside academia.

Multimedia PhD research and non-text theses

See our case study series on multimedia and non-text PhDs

Case studies

…King George III’s Topographical Collection is a truly amazing collection in the British Library…

Maps, the Italian Grand Tour and the King’s Topographical Collection

…A collaborative PhD with the British Library gives me the means to access a public audience…

Ruth uses the digitised newspaper collection to explore attitudes towards immigration in nineteenth century Britain.

…The archival material provides fascinating insights…

Christian is evaluating the archival material of Dutch ethnomusicologist Arnold Adriaan Bake.

…It gave me the opportunity to work in a cultural institution…

Katie's collaborative PhD explores Russian women’s journalism during the 1917 Russian revolutions and civil war.

…Everyone is really willing to help each other out…

Melissa is doing collaborative PhD research on photographs of the British West India Regiments between 1865-1914.