PhD Studentship The History of the Metals Industry in Birmingham and the Black Country

The Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a funded doctoral studentship, tenable from September 2014. The award is generously funded by an alumnus of the University of Birmingham.

The successful applicant will research an aspect of the history of the metals industry using archives in the Library of Birmingham and other local, national and university record offices. Despite the important contributions which the West Midlands has made to business and technological history, there are few studies of the local metals industry (with the exception of iron and steel) and primary sources remain under used. The work undertaken by the award holder will add to our understanding of how local industries and businesses have contributed to the history of the West Midlands, the importance of technology and technology transfer and/or the development of business cultures. Applicants are not restricted to the study of any particular period or firm, but are required to focus their attention primarily upon Birmingham and/or the Black Country. The award holder will be supported in presenting the results of their findings to a wide audience through seminars and talks and via appropriate media.

Eligibility for the Award

Applicants should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree in History, the History of Science and Technology, Economics, Science, Engineering or a related discipline. Experience in archival research is essential.

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Value of the Award

The award is for three years full-time or six years part-time study. The studentship, including tuition fees, is £15,000 p.a. for a full-time student and £7,500 p.a. for a part-time student.


To apply, send a letter of application, outlining your interest in this research and how your skills equip you for the work. You should also include a proposal outlining the likely focus for your research, a CV and contact details for two referees. The documentation needs to be sent to Dr Malcolm Dick: by midnight on January 20 2014. Shortlisted candidates will be informed quickly and interviews will be held on the afternoon of 17 February 2014 (If this date is not suitable, please provide details of alternative dates). 

Further details about the award and application process are available by contacting Dr Malcolm Dick, Director of the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham: or 0121 415 8253.

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