Postgraduate funding opportunties at Manchester Metropolitan University – The Graduate School

PhD and Doctoral Courses in North West England

Manchester Metropolitan University – The Graduate School

Fulfil your potential by studying for a postgraduate research degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A research degree allows you to make your mark on the world by independently undertaking an advanced research project with guidance from expert academics and practitioners.

At Manchester Met, you will join a large and vibrant community of postgraduate researchers, undertaking vital work that delivers real-world benefits to society, culture, the environment or the economy.

With our recently launched University Centres for Research and Knowledge Exchange, and our on-going strategic investment in research excellence, now is the perfect time to join our community.

Research excellence

We produce outstanding research that addresses the biggest challenges facing contemporary society. The quality, vitality and significance of our research was confirmed in the most recent national assessment of research (REF2014). 65% of our work was rated world leading or internationally excellent, and we were ranked in the top 20 in the country in key areas including health, sociology, and art & design.

We are building on this impressive result through our thirteen major research centres. These centres produce cutting-edge theoretical and applied research that delivers tangible benefits to society.


As a researcher at Manchester Met, you will join a thriving community of established and emerging scholars.

We have one of the largest communities of PhD students in the North West, ensuring you will be part of a lively research culture at the university.

But our community stretches beyond the university. We work closely with industry, businesses, professional practitioners, and cultural and creative organisations in Manchester and beyond.

These relationships invigorate our research and will provide you with numerous development and networking opportunities.

Training and Development

We are committed to ensuring that you have all the skills you need to complete your research successfully and to thrive in your chosen career pathway.

You will be able to design your own development programme to build your subject-specific and transferable skills. We will also support you to attend conferences, seminars and other events to further your development and allow you to network with key figures in your field.

Funding Opportunities

We advertise research degree scholarships throughout the year – and you can sign up to be notified when an opportunity is advertised.

We offer a prestigious annual Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship scheme. We are also members of two Research Council-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships which allow us to offer scholarships in the broad fields of:

  • Education, Childhood and Youth
  • Wellbeing, Health and Communities
  • Arts and Humanities (incl. English, Creative Writing, History, Classics, Philosophy, Heritage, Media and Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Visual Arts: Art & Design, Music, and Dance, Drama & Performing Arts).

To see currently advertised opportunities, please visit our Scholarships page.

Enquiries and to find out more

To find out more about our areas of supervisory expertise, and to get in touch with a relevant academic, view our research degree pages.