Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.
Months of entry
The PhD is a three-year course of study (or six years of part-time study) in which the student prepares a thesis under the guidance of two supervisors with specialist expertise. The student's progress is monitored at regular meetings of the student's research panel (two supervisors plus a reviewer who is independent of the supervisory team), which also provides guidance on research training and career development. The aim of the programme is to produce students who are fully-fledged independent researchers, and students are from the outset given encouragement to disseminate their work at seminars and conferences and by publishing in high-quality locations. The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation that makes an original contribution to historical knowledge.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require:
an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component
a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test
a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component
an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.
Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:
- ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- Research Impact Scholarships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2018-19
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- + 44 (0)161 275 3559