Manchester Metropolitan University

MPhil (Master of Philosophy)

2016 entry

Features and benefits of the course

MIRIAD is the home to Manchester School of Art’s interdisciplinary research degree programme in the practices, professions, histories and theories of art, design and architecture. It continues the proud 175-year tradition in art and design education established by the original Manchester School of Art.

MIRIAD collaborates with the cultural industries and centres of art education, creative arts organisations and galleries on a local, national and global level. It has one of the largest communities of researchers and postgraduate students in the practices, theories and professions of art and design in the UK.

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:

  • A supervisory team of normally three academic members of staff
  • If appropriate, multi-disciplinary supervision
  • Training in practice as research and writing workshops
  • Skills development opportunities with outside organisations
  • Online support workshops

About the course

Please refer to the MIRIAD Research Degrees Handbook available to download from

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

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Career options after the course

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

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.