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We offer research awards for either full or part-time study.

CELL incorporates over 70 research active staff with a wide range of interests in the English and Linguistics departments. Postgraduate study is offered at both MA and PhD level and more information is available on the departmental web pages for English and Linguistics.

More information on the research degrees opportunities is also available at the Postgraduate Open Days, held in September, November, February and May.

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English Research Degrees


The English Department staff offer PhD supervision in: Renaissance Writing; Eighteenth-Century - Nineteenth-Century Literature; 20th Century & Contemporary Fiction & Biography; and Contemporary Poetry & Experimental Writing. Additionally, our staff have a wide range of specialist research areas and the department also offers PhD supervision in Creative Writing and via professional practice.

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Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Dr Andrew Moor, English Research Degrees Coordinator (

For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrator: - 0161 247 6673

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the English subject group was ranked 30th out of 89 departments in the UK with 78% of our research activities and outputs judged to be world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). The social and cultural impact of our research was rated 8th in the UK, with 100% of our activities in this area judged to be 4* (63.3%) and 3* (36.7%).

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English Department - PhD Research  PhD Creative Writing Distance Learning PhD Programmes  PhD by Professional Practice (Creative Writing)

Linguistics Research Degrees


Linguistics at Manchester Met has grown considerably since 2013, with a Professor, two Readers, and nine research-active senior lecturer and lecturers. Supervision of research degrees is offered in: various areas of linguistics such as sociolinguistics, pragmatics, critical discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, applied linguistics and TESOL.

We also offer two routes through our three-year taught PhD programme: classic, regular supervision and guidance by your supervisory team; or a PhD as above, but with an embedded programme of doctoral training incorporated within it, one which is designed to upskill and support candidates by developing their research skills and abilities in applied/linguistics through taught doctoral level units.

We have a vibrant and multicultural community of PhD students who thrive in organising supportive activities for all research students in the department. As a department, we engage our PhD students in any teaching and research opportunities that may arise to ensure that they get an all rounded experience. Our departmental research culture is also enhanced through a number of exciting research initiatives, including:

Further to this, our students are part of the wider faculty vigorous Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) which supports research development and provides a foundation for the understanding of wider culture and society.

For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrator: - 0161 247 6673. For information about what disciplines and research topics we can support, please contact the departmental research degrees coordinator Dr Stella Bullo: - 0161 247 3940.