The Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) is a vigorous community of over 250 postgraduate and early career researchers in the Arts and Humanities. The Centre’s mission is to do and act in the world in ways relevant to society and its cultures through academically rigorous and ethical research.


PAHC provides research and skills training through our Researcher Development Programme (RDP) workshops and events. The RDP is a focus for our postgraduate research degree community and aims to provide a foundation for the understanding of wider culture and society.

For an insight into our activities, please visit our postgraduate research blog

PAHC was formed in 2017 from the merger of the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Fashion Institute and the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science. It offers an integrated programme with a clear and distinctive academic and intellectual identity. Our rationale is built around re-imagining forms of knowledge creation through multidisciplinary, cross faculty approaches which play to the unique strengths of the university’s radical history of generating knowledge through praxis. As a modern university, we have a tradition of engaged research, often delivered through collaboration and reflected in an openness to partnerships inside and outside academia. Alongside traditional disciplinary-based approaches, PAHC highlights applied, practice-based and inter and multidisciplinary methodologies and promotes projects with elements of social, cultural and public engagement.

Subject Areas

Art, Design and Architecture Creative Writing, English and Film/Screen Studies Digital Politics Fashion and Clothing History Information and Communications Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics Philosophy Public Services Sociology and Criminology

Key Contacts:

  • Professor Steve Miles, Head of PAHC and Postgraduate Research
  • Nikolai Duffy, Deputy Head of PAHC and Postgraduate Research
  • Myna Trustram, Research Development Programme Coordinator
  • AnneMarie Walsh, Research Degrees Manager
  • Fatima Abid, Research Degrees Officer
  • Deborah Bown, Research Degree Administrator
  • James Morrison, Research Degree Administrator
  • Kate Johnson, Postgraduate Student Experience Support Tutor

Research Centres