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Faculty of Humanities

Supervision and support

When you become a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Humanities, you join a community of over 1000 doctoral students from over 100 different countries.

You will add to the dynamic research culture of our Schools and benefit from international research leadership by working with distinguished scholars.

All postgraduate researchers registered in the Faculty of Humanities are assigned to specific research groupings and have access to a variety of interdisciplinary research institutes.


Staff and student talking

All of our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research.

You can expect to meet with your supervisor at least once a month to discuss progress on your project.

As as postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a large and diverse community of internationally recognised academic experts offering an environment that will stimulate intellectual debate and development.

Resources and support

Our postgraduate researchers are supported to present at international conferences and workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities. PG researchers are also supported and encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

You will have access to funding for fieldwork and conference activities. All five schools in the Faculty of Humanities have funding available to support students undertaking fieldwork abroad and presenting papers at academic conferences. Additionally, other provision includes:

  • Manchester Doctoral College PGR Conference funds,
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) for NWSSDTP students,
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) for NWCDTP students,
  • support for research training expenses. 

There are also opportunities for you to independently organise research-related events workshops, reading groups, conferences and seminars.