Arts and Humanities

Many arts, many skills. From LS Lowry to the Poet Laureate.

Our roots extend all the way back to 1838 when the Manchester School of Design was created to provide textile designers to Industrial Revolution-era Manchester. Over the past 175 years we have earned a reputation for producing cutting-edge contemporary research that champions the transformational impacts that culture brings to society.

We have Britain's leading machine embroider Alice Kettle, internationally acclaimed ceramicist Stephen Dixon, Forward Prize winning author Michael Symmons Roberts and the UK's first female Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

We are the sixth most powerful university for Art and Design research in the UK. English Language and Literature is eighth out of eighty-nine universities for impact. We are world-leading in British and International History and our experts from our Fashion Institute work alongside major industrial partners on body sizing and next generation textiles.

Manchester School of Art Research Centre

Our research centre for Art and Design hosts the sixth largest community of researchers rated world-leading and internationally excellent in the UK. World-leaders in arts for healthcare and contemporary crafts with strength in ceramics and textiles. International partnerships in India, China and Brazil. Expertise in Asian arts, digital arts, visual culture, design and fashion.

Ongoing research is funded by the AHRC and the Arts Council, which backed the Asia Triennial Festival that is based in the Research Centre.

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The History Research Centre

The Centre supports over ninety internationally recognised researchers creating exciting new work, from poetry and creative writing, to literary criticism, film studies, linguistics, archaeology, philosophy and history, from ancient Greece to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our researchers are an integral part of Manchester's ‘hunger for ideas’ that has the arts and humanities at its heart.

Ongoing research is funded by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

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Centre for Creative Writing, English Literature and Linguistics (CELL)

Research in CELL encompasses literary criticism, creative writing, film studies, languages and linguistics. Our work is characterised by a commitment to deliver world-class research that supports the economic and social development on a regional, national and global scale. Alongside its community of internationally recognised researchers CELL is home to a lively postgraduate community, offering taught Masters courses and Research Degrees (PhD, MPhil and MA by Research).

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Our Research