Postgraduate research

We offer postgraduate research programmes and studentships in almost 40 diverse subject areas across four schools.

We're home to more than 800 doctoral students from more than 90 different countries, embracing disciplines as diverse as business, arts, languages and cultures, environment, education and development, and social sciences.

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Postgraduate research programmes

Community and impact

As a research community, we think critically to tackle issues big and small. We’re always looking to make an impact with everything we do, with a shared ambition to always do better.


    Our PhD community

    Your PhD naturally centres around exploring your chosen research with the support of your supervisors, however, you will also be part of a much wider community of researchers, each with their own individual interests, talents and goals.

    Humanities is home to a diverse and passionate group of researchers from nearly 100 different countries working in a range of disciplines. This brings a real sense of community to your peer group, complementing your PhD experience with their support, inspiration and friendship.

    We encourage interdisciplinary working and collaboration, and you will be respected and valued for your individual contributions, working in partnerships with our wider academic community.

    There are plenty of opportunities to take an active role in developing the community, including organising workshops, seminars and conferences, joining reading groups, or becoming a postgraduate research representative where you act as a voice for your cohort.

    You can get involved with the wider teaching community as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, helping to guide our undergraduates’ education by sharing your expertise.

    Making an impact

    As a doctoral researcher, you’ll be encouraged to use your skills, expertise and findings to make a difference, whether it be locally – working with communities within Manchester – or globally.

    The connections we have with communities, organisations and individuals outside of our campus gives you the chance to form relationships, exchange knowledge and shape your research to have the greatest impact.

    Funding is avalable for you to complete PhD Knowledge Exchange projects and placements with external partners. 

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