The Typographic Hub

Study typography

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

Current postgraduate research projects

  1. Geraldine Marshall: Graphic DNA: a taxonomy of lettering leading to the understanding of a city’s social, cultural, ethnic and historical visual identity.
  2. David Osbaldestin: British sans serif printing type: development, dispersal and influence.
  3. Jessica Glaser: The impact of typography on consumer motivation: an investigation of the psychological factors influencing typography in branding.
  4. Jeff Leek: Projections in the environment: an investigation into and the creation of projected graphic interventions.
  5. Tracey Thorne: The sign writers trade.
  6. Charles Lubelski: Water, wool, coal – and Percy Lund Humphries.
  7. Sam Roberts: Ghostsigns in the community.