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About the Programme

 Join a research community that transcends disciplinary boundaries to tackle the biggest challenges facing humanity.

 United, we're tackling global challenges such as environmental sustainability, climate change, business innovation, social justice, poverty and conflict response, and you'll be encouraged to make an impact with everything you do

We invest in the best ideas and brightest minds, with around 150 fully-funded studentships awarded across arts, humanities and social sciences every year.

As a postgraduate researcher you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop into an intellectual leader. 

Our research areas

The Faculty of Humanities is home to a diverse and passionate community of researchers from nearly 100 different countries, embracing disciplines ranging from business and management, social sciences, law and education to languages, arts and environment and development.

Like many prospective students, you probably already have a clear idea of what you want to study and the themes you're interested in. We offer postgraduate research programmes and studentships in 35 diverse subject areas across four schools:

  • Alliance Manchester Business School
  • The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • The School of Environment, Education and Development
  • The School of Social Sciences

Funding your research

We offer numerous funding opportunities for talented, curious, critical and socially-aware postgraduate research candidates.

We are part of two major doctoral training consortia in arts, humanities and social sciences funded by UK research councils:

  • AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWC DTP)
  • ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)

We provide more than 150 studentships annually, including School studentships and through the University's flagship President's Doctoral Scholarship Award scheme. These cover full tuition fees and a generous annual maintenance grant which you'll receive tax-free.

Explore current funding opportunities

Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events.

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements with partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

Find out more about training and development

Your application

There are several steps you'll need to take before submitting your application.

Firstly you'll need a strong research proposal outlining your ideas and how you intend to explore these through your PhD.

Visit our research proposal information and watch our webinar on how to write a research proposal to get guidance on how to approach this.

We also strongly encourage you to explore and make contact with potential supervisors. When you've found someone who's interested in supporting you, they should help you improve you research proposal and application.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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