The Typographic Hub

Research degrees

For those with an interest in typography, Birmingham City University offers the opportunity to undertake postgraduate research degrees

Research degrees

The Typographic Hub welcomes postgraduate research students from home and abroad who wish to study for an MPhil or PhD in typography and its allied fields. Throughout their studies students are supported by knowledgeable staff, and have access to a specialist library covering all aspects of typography, graphic design and visual communication. Prospective students should, in the first instance, contact Prof Caroline Archer for an informal discussion by telephoning 0121 331 5871 or emailing

Research directors

Professor Caroline Archer: John Baskerville, Kynoch Press, Leonard Jay, and printing and print culture in the Midlands from 1700-1980; Dr John Hinks: urban context of printing and print culture; book trade networks in English provincial towns; Dr Malcolm Dick: John Baskerville, print culture, industrial discourses and entrepreneurship

Postgraduate research students

Jessica Glaser: The impact of typography on consumer motivation: an investigation of the psychological factors influencing typography in branding; Jeff LeekProjections in the environment: an investigation into and the creation of projected graphic interventions; Geraldine Marshall: Graphic DNA: a taxonomy of lettering leading to the understanding of a city’s social, cultural, ethnic and historical visual identity; David Osbaldestin: Sans serif printing type: development, dispersal and influence; Tracey Thorne: Sign writers: their art and craft.

Research associates

Charles Lubelski: Percy Lund, Humphries: Bradford; Sam Roberts: Ghost signs