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Art, Design and Architecture PhD

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Full time | Manchester Campus | 3 years | JAN-21

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Architectural Design Art

Course type


Course Summary


Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?

With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas of Art, Design and Architecture you will:

  • Work with renowned experts in the field. In the most recent national evaluation of research, two-thirds of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Join a well-established and thriving research community. Since 1968, Manchester School of Art has pioneered practice-led research degrees alongside traditional approaches to research. Today we provide a nationally and internationally recognised environment for postgraduate research.
  • Choose from our flexible study pathways. You can undertake theory- or practice-led research as a full-time or part-time student. We offer PhD, MPhil and MA by Research programmes, which can be studied on campus or as a distance learner.
  • Use our outstanding facilities and equipment. We have invested significantly in our multi-million pound facilities, which are distinctive in allowing you to combine both state-of-the-art and traditional techniques.
  • Benefit from our close links with the cultural and creative industries. We have long-standing relationships with galleries, museums and archives in the North West region and beyond.
  • Engage in innovative public engagement programmes. RAH! (Research in Arts and Humanities) is a curated programme of public lectures, performances, film screenings, fairs, interventions, discussions, artist happenings and augmented reality.
  • Undertake tailored personal and professional development training. The Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre provides a comprehensive development programme for research students.


This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.

Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.


Postgraduate research allows you to enhance your own professional practice, or to develop the skills and expertise to pursue new creative pathways.

Our research programmes also equip you with advanced research skills and a deep understanding of how society and culture work. These skills and expertise enable you to pursue senior roles in academia, the cultural industries, the creative sectors, or a range of areas.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification. We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. The award-winning, inspirational campus in the heart of Manchester provides vibrant learning spaces and excellent facilities across modern and historical buildings that reflect their teaching excellence since 1824. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at...more