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Guidance for applicants

Application Process

Applicants who wish to apply to the competition should use the Application Form to Study for a Postgraduate Research DegreePlease note that the scholarships are only available to new applicants, current PhD students are not eligible.

There are additional notes contained at the end of the application form, which provide guidance on the completion of the form. Additionally, please address the following on the Form:

Section 8: provide details of previous research experience (if any) and include evidence of how your past research activity maps onto the advertised project.

Section 9: include a detailed explanation of your reasons for applying for that specific project.

The application form should be submitted by email to:

The deadline for the receipt of applications is given in the detail of the advert. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered. This includes the submission of:  

Eligibility Criteria

Academic Eligibility

Applicants must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level, from a UK academic institution. In the majority of cases, applicants will have undertaken an undergraduate course at a recognised UK higher education institution. However, some may have qualifications from outside the UK, or be able to offer a combination of qualifications and/or experience. In both cases, it will be necessary to ascertain whether these qualifications can be equated to an honours degree, and at what level.

Professional Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies or learned societies usually require the applicant to have achieved, through formal training or work experience, a level of expertise which can be equated to that achieved by an honours degree student. Manchester Metropolitan University will accept such a professional qualification providing the applicant has also undertaken three years' subsequent full-time relevant professional work experience.

Non-UK Qualifications

Qualifications which have been attained outside the UK will need to be equated to the UK honours degree standard. Assessments are based on the British Council's NARIC guide. Applicants should be aware that whilst a higher education institution may accept a non-UK qualification for entry to the degree course at the institution, the institution will be required to assess whether the qualification is of sufficient standard. For non-UK qualifications, transcripts in English as well as details in the original language must be provided with the application form.

Residential Eligibility

International, as well as Home/EU students are may beeligible to apply for these Scholarships. Please check the specific advert for eligibility.

Download the eligibility criteria More information on eligibility


General competition enquiries will be answered by the Graduate School.

For queries related to the application process, please contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrators

Specific research and PhD proposal enquiries will be answered by the academic contact named on the PhD proposal advert. 

Please note all applicants are required to contact the named academic on the advert to facilitate early and detailed discussions with prospective supervisory teams and help produce a strong application.

Financial Basis of the Award

A full PhD Scholarship for full-time study provides:

Students opting to study part-time will receive a pro-rata maintenance grant of the equivalent full-time award.

Fees-only awards might be available in some subject areas.

Assessment Procedure

The application will be judged on the basis of the Application Form as well as the two references, and the academic transcripts.

Assessment Criteria

Panels will score each applicant a mark on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest, 1 the lowest) on each of two criteria:

  1. The applicant's track record (evidence of quality of the applicant), based on (i) career information provided in the application, including information on marks achieved so far as reported in the references and/or transcripts; (ii) the quality of the references.

    The score will also reflect the applicant’s description of how his/her previous experience (academic and professional) has prepared him/her for postgraduate study, and the applicant’s description of how the programme of study will contribute to his/her long-term career plans.
  2. The quality of the research proposal, judged in terms of (i) cogency of exposition - i.e. does the proposal make sense and seem feasible; (ii) originality.

    The assessors will look for evidence of an ability to articulate a research project, a coherent and well thought-out plan for doctoral study, and a good awareness of the place of his/her research within the current field.


Graduate School for any general competition enquiries

Faculty Research Degrees Administrators for any Faculty specific or enquiries relating to the application process 

Named Academic Contact for research specific and PhD proposal enquiries, contact the academic named within the PhD proposal advert.

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