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Postgraduate research

We attract students from all walks of life and this helps to create a vibrant and dynamic postgraduate research environment.

Research degrees offer you the flexibility to carry out your own research project under direct supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study towards a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate (DProf) or MSc by Research.

Our students have access to a wide range of supervisory expertise, training and excellent facilities. The research training you receive will be tailored to your particular needs, which your supervisory team will discuss with you as soon as possible after you arrive.

Our current students undertake research across a variety of topic areas including Art and Design, English and Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Music, Performance, Politics and Contemporary History.

To see just one example of the activity our PhD students undertake, read how one student has created and presented a set of short films at a leading media arts centre.

If you are interested in applying for the doctoral programme, first of all contact the relevant Research Group Lead to discuss your proposed research topic and to identify a Supervisor. You would  also need to prepare a Research Proposal (approximately 1500 words) before you apply online.

For more information please contact:
Arts and Media Research Support Officer

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership

Currently available funded PhD studentships for 2019-20

NWCDTP Funded PhD Studentships for 2019-2020

In 2018, the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) was awarded over £6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers as part of Phase 2 of the DTP.

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Salford, Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, MMU, and the RNCM which between them award NWC PhD studentships annually. A full postgraduate award for full-time study provides funds to meet:

  • The payment of approved fees to the institution
  • A maintenance grant

The level of the grant for the current academic year 2018-19 is as follows (the level of the grant for 2019-20 and the following years is subject to confirmation from the AHRC): 

  • Maintenance Grant £14,777.

The Consortium also provides access to additional funding for field research and further training.

The studentships and training initiatives of various kinds, span the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. As part of the scheme, the AHRC is also funding placement opportunities and additional skills training, working alongside partner organisations including museums, galleries, cultural organisations and businesses.

The competition is now open for applications for the 2019/2020 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:

Step One

The University of Salford invites expressions of interest from potential candidates to be submitted to Pathway Representatives/potential supervisors by Wednesday 12 December 2018.

Salford Pathway Representatives:


Mike Nevell-

Creative Writing

Scott Thurston -

Dance, Drama and Performing Arts

Richard Talbot –


Lucia Nigri –


Christopher Murphy –


Nicholas Kang-Riou

Media and Cultural Studies

Leslie McMurtry  -

Carole O’Reilly


Seamus Simpson  -


Alan Williams -

Visual Arts: Arts and Design

Seamus Simpson –

Step Two

To apply for an award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme by Monday 14 January 2019.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:

Step Three

Candidates must also submit an NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 8 February 2019 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Applications to the NWC competition can be made at the following link:

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact in the first instance.