Birmingham City University “STEAM Scholarships” for full-time PhD study

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is serious about research and is committed to a ‘Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder’ strategy to drive expansion of our research excellence across all our academic subjects. We will ensure new knowledge underpins our entire curriculum and powers collaborative research and innovation activities with external organisations. We are passionate too about ensuring our research has impact and delivers societal, cultural and economic benefits for our region and our citizens.

Birmingham City University is renowned for world-leading research in the creative arts subjects. The Arts, when partnered effectively with Physical, Social, and Life Sciences; Technology; Engineering and Mathematics, creates multi-disciplinary “STEAM”, which provides the motive power for ground-breaking research and innovation to discover new knowledge; to solve complex societal challenges and catalyse the creation of novel products and services.

The University has achieved international recognition for “creative innovation” and has recently secured funding from the Arts Council and UK central government for a STEAMhouse Innovation Centre in Digbeth. Here we will unleash creative innovation to stimulate research across all our academic disciplines and power new collaborative partnerships and entrepreneurial activities.

Birmingham was home to the “first age of steam”, with James Watt improving Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine to power Matthew Bolton’s Soho Manufactory in Handsworth. The ‘second age of steam’ is happening in Birmingham in STEAMhouse, less than three miles from the original location.

Our “STEAM Scholarships” Offer

To power our STEAMhouse vision, the University is funding “STEAM Scholarships” across our four constituent faculties and we are seeking to attract excellent and highly-motivated post-graduate students to these. The majority will be funded using our “PhD Classic” funding model, which provides a tax-free doctoral stipend at RCUK rates (£14,296 for 2016-17) for three years and a Home fees waiver (£4,120 for 2016-17) for four years.

STEAM scholarships are open to application by UK Home, EU and International students and each will receive the same doctoral stipend. The tuition fees waiver is for Home fees, so international students will be required to self-fund the gap between the International and Home student tuition fees. Small number of overseas fee waivers might be granted to exceptional candidates.  


The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE) housed in Millennium Point unites the University’s engineering and technology subjects into a single faculty. CEBE comprises the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and the School of Computing and Digital Technology and has an excellent track record of collaborations with industry including the BBC, Cisco, Microsoft, Rolls-Royce and SAP.

The Research Excellence framework (REF2014) found world-leading (4*) research in both subjects submitted: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (UoA16) and Computing (UoA11), with Computing producing one of the top 20 Impact Case Studies in the country.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are essential for the development of new solutions to major societal challenges including the Ageing Population; Sustainable Buildings; Energy; Transport and Health. When STEM expertise is combined with creative practices from the Arts and Humanities, and understanding of people and societies from the Social Sciences, truly innovative things can happen.

CEBE is making major investments in growing the quality and volume of research across both Schools, through investments in academic staff and researchers; doctoral students and new labs, and equipment. CEBE is seeking “STEAM Scholars” to undertake PhD projects across its centres:

  • Advanced Systems Engineering
  • Advanced Design Engineering
  • Cloud Computing and Networks
  • Digital Media Technologies
  • Enterprise Systems

Details of PhD Projects Eligible for STEAM Scholarships

Details of all PhD projects eligible for STEAM Scholarships can be found at:

More general information about our research can be found on our website: and within Faculty web-pages.

Applications for STEAM Scholarships should be made online through our website and this will involve completion of an online application for PhD Study and completion of a PhD Project Proposal form which must be uploaded.

Potential applicants who wish to have informal discussions about these project opportunities prior to application can find the relevant contact details in the project listings.

The closing date for STEAM Scholarship applications is 23:59pm on Friday 24 March 2017. Applications made after this date unfortunately cannot be considered.