Doctoral research

Doctoral Students British Library

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


Doctoral training partnerships

We also work closely with university partners to support postgraduate research training initiatives across all disciplines. We are currently a partner in the following UKRI doctoral training consortia:

PhD research 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. 

The next round of placement applications will take place in early 2020 and further information will be posted on this page. 

To be added to our PhD placement mailing list and be kept up-to-date about all future placement opportunities at the British Library please 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.

The next series of Doctoral Open Days, running from December 2018 to March 2019, is now open for booking. Please note that most days sell out well in advance, so if you are planning to attend make sure to register early to avoid disappointment. 

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. 

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PhD research placements at the British Library

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

Case studies

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…Working with the British Library has enabled me to get my research out there beyond academia.…

How smartphones are changing storytelling: Alastair Horne, PhD student.

…You get to know how people work in an institution like this... it's something I would like to do as well.…

Exploring the working life of a twentieth-century scientist through the archive of John Maynard Smith.

…I am incredibly lucky to be working within an institution that encourages self-reflection.…

Researching Hans Sloane’s books, one of the foundation collections of the British Library.

…A PhD can be a lonely journey, but collaborative PhDs are certainly not that.…

Investigating constructions of identity in the works and archive of the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.