Research course


The University of Manchester · Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine - CHSTM

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent in an associated discipline area. Exceptionally, candidates holding a 2:2 may be considered if they hold a Masters or extensive professional experience. Please contact the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences for further details.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship and make an original contribution and substantial addition to knowledge. The results of this research shall then be embodied in a thesis or other appropriate form and must contain material of a standard appropriate for peer-reviewed publication.

PhD study within the School is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Flexibility is allowed within the parameters of the study to allow the research to evolve and instigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. Yet this is complimented by a dedicated PhD training structure which provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The PhD project will either be outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study, or alternatively by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind. The supervisory team will assist the PhD applicant throughout the study ensuring academic objectives are met and suitable training is provided in core skills fundamental to the research.

Transferable skills training is provided by a dedicated Graduate Training Programme offered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences which provides training in research methodology, academic and critical writing skills, intellectual property, research ethics etc.

Department specialisms

Please refer to the School website for a full summary of the research opportunities within this area.

Information for international students

The typical requirements for PhD entry include a minimum English language score of 6.5 (IELTS) or 575 (TOEFL).

Fees and funding

The majority of funding for PhD study is sourced from the UK Research Councils, Industry, Charitable Trusts or Employers. Further information is available from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)161 275 5688