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Research Councils UK and Doctoral Training Alliance Funding

Manchester Metropolitan is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance and several RCUK scholarship funding partnerships:

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership 


The NWCDTP has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers. It brings together Manchester Metropolitan University with the Universities of Liverpool, Keele, Lancaster, Manchester, Salford and the Royal Northern College of Music, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a five year period. 

Manchester Met is currently recruiting candidates for Transformation NW.
This is a fully-funded doctoral training programme that applies design and creative techniques to maximise new product and service opportunities for business in the North West. Students will co-create a programme of applied research in collaboration with large and small businesses. Transformation NW aims to enhance growth and prosperity in the region in support of the industrial strategy.

- Ideal candidates will be educated to masters level in design or related creative disciplines (including architecture, digital development, or media) and be enthused by the potential of undertaking a PhD in collaboration with industrial partners.

- Successful candidates will comprise a distinct doctoral cohort hosted by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with cross-consortium supervision, industry collaboration and wider consortium support and training. 

- Through interdisciplinary collaboration linking large and small-scale businesses together, students will undertake an applied PhD typically comprising three or four thematically linked projects with industry partners. Adopting an open and cross-industry approach, students will fuse science and technology with creative techniques, integrating place- and thematic-based responses to foster conditions for a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy.

- The programme will commence in Autumn 2017.

If you are interested in this programme and applying for a studentship please contact:
Professor Martyn Evans, Manchester Metropolitan University,

For information on application form and submission, please visit: Application deadline: 3 July 2017

Transformation NW is funded by the AHRC as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

White Rose Social Science Doctoral 
Training Partnership - ESRC accredited


The WRDTP brings the social sciences research excellence of Manchester Metropolitan University and the Universities of Hull, Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University into the successful White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (Universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds) consortium.
This innovative and dynamic new scheme, one of 14 new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited partnerships across the UK, will offer training in seven interdisciplinary themed training pathways providing future social science postgraduate students with the highest quality doctoral research training.

Manchester Met also offers White Rose DTP Pathway Awards in the following 2 Thematic Interdisciplinary Training Pathways:

  1. Education, Childhood, and Youth (ECY) – via the Department of Social Care and Social Policy; and the Faculty of Education
  2. Wellbeing, Health, and Communities (WHC) – via the Department of Social Care and Social Work
    For more information on these pathways, please visit

The 2017 call for Pathway applications will open shortly. 


Doctoral Training           
Alliance (DTA)         

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Manchester Met is proud to be a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA). To strengthen the UK's research and innovation ecosystem, the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model has been created in response to industry needs. The training produces independent, highly-employable researchers with expertise and skills in strategically important research areas. The DTA is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.
Participation in Doctoral Programmes in the areas of Applied Biosciences for HealthEnergy and Social Policy are on offer.

The DTA offers PhD students a fully-funded postgraduate programme, an expert support network and improved employment opportunities. This will include access to a broader professional online community where they can benefit from the extensive reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance. Find out more information here.





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