Research course


The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

PhD & Professional Doctorate: A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree plus a masters qualification in a relevant subject area, or its overseas equivalent. .

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Manchester offers a PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorates in Museology. Current postgraduate research students are working on topics as diverse as:

Exhibitions as a Medium of Communication
The Display of Medieval Decorative Arts in 19th century Museums and Exhibitions
Animals in 18th century Britain
Displaying Dress: New Models for Historical Collections (AHRC Collaborative Doctorate with Manchester City Galleries)
The Western Front as a Ritual Landscape
Object Biographies of Anglo-Saxon Material Culture
Visitor Practices at Historic Sites of Conscience
University Earth Science Collections
The Role of the Curator in Museums of Art

The pioneering doctoral programme is specifically designed for people working in museums and galleries who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 (paperbased) or 250 (computer-based).

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year). This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department; see the school website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 275 3559