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 researchWe 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:
- CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership
- White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)
- Centre for Doctoral Training for Russian, Slavonic and East European languages (CEELBAS)
- The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)
- North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)
- South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW2)
- UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI)
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.
The next series of Doctoral Open Days will take place in early 2020 and booking will open in autumn 2019. Further information will be posted here as soon as it is available. To subscribe to our mailing list and receive updates about Doctoral Open Days and other initiatives, please email Research.Development@bl.uk.
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.
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