Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (PGCARMS)

Developed and managed by the University Graduate School, in collaboration with the College of Social Sciences, the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods & Skills (PGCARMS) provides enhanced advanced training in research and transferable skills to postgraduate researchers as part of University of Birmingham’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Module registration will re-open for current and new PGCARMS students in Semester One. Please follow this link to access the Module Choice Form. If you have any questions please contact the admin team on


PGCARMS candidates complete 60 credits of advanced training modules, which include formally taught short courses in advanced research methods, as well as credit-bearing central provision in advanced transferable skill areas such as entrepreneurship, research consultancy, advanced language training and placements on research projects.

  • View the indicative list of modules available on PGCARMS.

Note: this is an indication of available modules. Modules are subject to change. If you have any queries about module availability please contact the University Graduate School on the email address below

Who is eligible 

This programme is currently open to:

  • BBSRC-funded postgraduate researchers who are on the Midlands Integrative Training Partnership Programme 

If you are a ESRC-funded PGR you can obtain further guidance on eligibility requirements for PGCARMS please contact the University Graduate School team:

0121 414 6376

Current PGCARMS students

For those registered on the PGCARMS a full set of information, including programme and module handbooks, FAQs and discussions, can be found on the PGCARMS Canvas pages. To access this simply log onto Canvas and find PGCARMS in your course list.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at the email address or telephone number provided above.

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New modules

The University Graduate School is happy to welcome any suitable modules onto the programme. If you are a current PGCARMS student or member of academic staff who wishes to have a module considered, then please fill in this form below:


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