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Guidance for applicants

Application Process

Applicants who wish to apply should use the Application Form to Study for a Postgraduate Research Degree. CVs alone will not be accepted.

Please note that current PhD students and Manchester Met staff members are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.

To give yourself the best chance of being successful, please read the guidance notes contained at the end of the Application Form as well as those below very carefully before starting. 
Please ensure that ALL relevant sections of the form are filled in.

Documents to accompany an Application 

The Application Form along with accompanying documents should be submitted by email to:

Where a deadline for the receipt of applications is given in an advert, applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Financial Basis of Scholarship Awards

Unless a scholarship advert indicates otherwise, we are offering full PhD Scholarships.
A full PhD Scholarship for full-time study provides:

Students opting to study part-time (where this option is available) will receive a pro-rata maintenance grant of the equivalent full-time award.

Fees-only awards might be available in some subject areas - this will be indicated on the advert.

Eligibility Criteria

Academic Eligibility

Please consult the individual scholarship/offer advert for subject specific qualification requirements - check the 'Specific requirements of the project' section.
Unless stated otherwise on the advert, applicants generally 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 may be eligible to apply. Please check the specific advert for eligibility.

Download the eligibility criteria More information on eligibility


General queries will be answered by the Graduate School.

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

For specific research and PhD proposal queries please also contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrators and they will forward to the appropriate academic contacts for response. 
It is strongly recommended that applicants make queries to the supervisory team for guidance before submitting an application.

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 assess all applications against the following criteria:

a. 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.

b. The quality of the personal statement and, for those proposing their own project, 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 enquiries.

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

For specific research and PhD proposal queries please also contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrators and they will forward to the appropriate academic contacts for response. 
It is strongly recommended that applicants make queries to the supervisory team for guidance before submitting an application.

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