by Research

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Research undertaken at Master’s level explores aspects of knowledge at the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. You are expected to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and to gain understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.

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Features and Benefits

The Manchester School of Art Research Centre offers research degrees in the practices, professions, histories and theories of art, design, media and architecture through the Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre (PAHC). These can be studied on a full and part-time basis at Masters and PhD level.

Since 1968, Manchester School of Art has pioneered practice-led research degrees alongside traditional approaches to research and today we provide a nationally and internationally recognised environment for postgraduate research. We have long-standing relationships with galleries, museums and the creative industries in the North West region and beyond.

Staff within the School are practicing professionals and researchers in their fields, either as creative artists and designers, or through theoretical approaches to their subject. Particular strengths are in Arts and Health, Asian Cultures, digital arts and contemporary ceramics and textile arts practice, but our researchers span the full reach of art, design, architecture and media research.

As research student you will study in a well-established research environment that encourages innovative research. You will be supported by:

Career Prospects

Opportunities may exist in further and higher education; arts administration; the creative industries and associated professions; teaching; art, design, craft and new media professions. Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

You will normally have a good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent. Candidates submit a proposal as part of the application process and if it can be supervised and supported they are invited for interview.

Course details

A MA by Research thesis will not normally exceed 30,000 words (excluding ancillary matter such as footnotes). When the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form, the written component should normally be within 10,000 – 15,000 words.

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Manchester School of Art

Our School of Art is the second oldest design school in Britain, offering courses designed to serve specialist industry needs and give students the tools for their chosen career.

Like the city of Manchester, the school prides itself on being creative, unconventional and professional, providing a broad range of architecture, art, design, media and theatre undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a unique creative environment that encourages creative collaboration across the disciplines.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £4,260 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,130 per year. Tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Please contact the department for more information about the fees for this course.

Additional Information

A Master's qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Taught tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). Research tuition fees may increase each academic year in line with Research Council indicative guidelines.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,000 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

See Applying for Postgraduate Research Courses.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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