Search type

Faculty of Humanities

Training and development

Supervision and support

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 a 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.

Our postgraduate researchers are supported to present at international conferences and workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities. Postgraduate 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.

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

Research training and professional development

The Faculty of Humanities has a dedicated Researcher Development Team that will support your professional development throughout your PhD and beyond.

Our Researcher development programme will enable you to become more aware of your developing researcher identity, equipping you with the skills you need during your PhD and preparing you to integrate into the research community.

In addition, we consider all our postgraduate research students to be the developing intellectual leaders of the future. This is recognised in our Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme.

This programme supports a small group of students through a series of interventions designed to help them take control of their professional development and make the most of their leadership potential.

In addition to expert teaching and tuition, you will have access to excellent facilities such as our world-leading library and archive collections, common learning areas and personal workstations.

Taking a placement provides a great opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and to develop professional networking opportunities for your future career development.

Find out more


We collaborate with other higher education institutions and external partners to provide additional opportunities for our postgraduate researchers.

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs)

The Faculty is part of a wider network of institutions and cultural partnerships through its membership of NWCDTP (North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership).

This is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded DTP which offers postgraduate studentships and training across a full range of arts and humanities disciplines.

The NWSSDTP (North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership) is one of 15 ESRC-funded doctoral training partnerships in the UK and brings together the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Keele.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships are available across the full range of social science disciplines and students have access to research expertise and training across the four constituent Universities.


All of our postgraduate researchers have the opportunity to apply for placements and internships with a variety of external institutions, partners and businesses.

Taking a placement provides a great opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and to develop professional networking opportunities for your future career development.

You may also propose your own placement to one of our existing partners or to an organisation that would be beneficial for your PhD research.

International links

As a leading research university, we have established connections all over the world.

We are keen to support our postgraduate researchers to fully participate in the international research community through conference attendance, fieldwork and institutional visits and exchanges.

We have a number of established Postgraduate Researcher Exchange programmes across the globe.

We have established postgraduate researcher exchange programmes with a small number of institutions around the world, including Indiana University, the University of Copenhagen, and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

These exchanges offer our research students an excellent opportunity to visit another institution, access research resources and experience the academic culture and professional networks of another institution/country.

To support postgraduate researchers to take part in these exchanges, the Faculty offers financial support.

Successful applicants receive up to £3,000 towards travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence, educational materials and/or other education-related costs for anything from two weeks to a maximum duration of a three-month visit.

The total value of the award depends on the duration and location of the exchange and is made at the discretion of the Faculty, based on a banding for the costs of overseas travel and accommodation.

Institutes, centres and networks

With a strong focus on collaborations, Humanities' research crosses a range of disciplines. We have a range of flagship institutes, centres and networks you can get involved with including:

  • Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research;
  • Global Development Institute;
  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute;
  • John Rylands Research Institute;
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing;
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research;
  • Manchester Urban Institute;
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute.