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 BBSRC-funded Midlands Integrative Training Partnership Programme. 

We will no longer be accepting enrolments onto the PGCARMS Programme from the academic year 2022-2023 onwards. 

Students who have registerd onto the programme prior to this will continue to be registered on the programme until successful completion, having obtained 60 credits in total. 

If you have any questions please contact the PGCARMS 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, and placements on research projects.

Who is eligible 

This programme is currently open to:

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

For guidance on eligibility requirements or any queries relating to PGCARMS, please contact the University Graduate School PGCARMS team:

0121 41 42898 / 46683

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.

  • Office hours: 09.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)



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