Manchester Metropolitan University

Gothic Studies: Interdisciplinary Dimensions

Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarship


With staff research expertise and interests ranging from eighteenth-century British Gothic literature and architecture to contemporary Gothic cinema and gaming cultures, the Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University is uniquely placed to offer specialized Doctoral training and supervision in all aspects of Gothic Studies, however broadly conceived. The recent amalgamation of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS), The Manchester School of Art and the Manchester Fashion Institute into the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has only further underlined the Gothic’s interdisciplinary reach at Manchester Metropolitan University. To this end, we invite innovative and original proposals from suitably qualified individuals for a scholarship in any aspect of the Gothic, from the eighteenth century through to the present day, and across all possible forms, modes, cultures, mutations and disciplinary boundaries. Though the precise topic remains open and unspecified, it is expected that the successful candidate will engage with the Gothic in some of its interdisciplinary manifestations, that is, its interactions with, say, science, technology, medicine, architecture, education, history, the social sciences, fashion, art or culture and/or the creative industries more generally.

Aims and objectives

This project seeks to consolidate and expand the research that is currently being undertaken by staff either in or closely associated with the Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Capitalising on the Centre’s unique strengths— at the very least, it constitutes the largest concentration of Gothic scholars worldwide—the scholarship is designed to encourage further interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange between members of staff and students within the new ‘super-faculty’ that is Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan. Through this, it aims to promote and further publicise the University as a world-leading centre for the study of the Gothic, as well as address the emphasis upon interdisciplinarity that is to characterize assessments of the research environment in REF2021.

This project supervisory team will include Professor Dale Townshend

Specific requirements of the project

The successful candidate will usually hold a good Honours degree (in the first or upper-second class) as well as a Masters degree (with merit or distinction, either awarded or forecast) in a relevant field. In addition to this, proposals should demonstrate a familiarity with the research interests of members of staff in (or affiliated with) the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, including Dr Linnie Blake; Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn; Dr Emma Liggins; Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes; Dr Chloe Buckley; Dr Julian Holloway; Dr Paul Wake; Dr Lucy Burke; Dr Matt Foley; Dr Peter Lindfield; and Prof. Dale Townshend. Applications will be assessed on the extent to which they fit with, and complement, the research strengths of members of staff. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, proposals might wish to explore such topics as Gothic and gaming cultures (Paul Wake; Chloe Buckley); Gothic, children and education (Chloe Buckley; Dale Townshend); Gothic and popular culture (Sorcha Ní Fhlainn); Gothic cinema (Xavier Aldana Reyes, Sorcha Ní Fhlainn); Gothic and international relations (Xavier Aldana Reyes, Kathryn Starnes, Sarah Ilott); Gothic heritage and tourism (Dale Townshend, Peter Lindfield, Julian Holloway); Gothic, fine art and architecture (Dale Townshend, Peter Lindfield, Emma Liggins); historical manifestations of the Gothic (Linnie Blake, Dale Townshend, Emma Liggins); Gothic and national identity (Xavier Aldana Reyes, Linnie Blake, Sarah Ilott); Gothic and medical humanities (Linnie Blake, Lucy Burke); and Gothic, philosophy and critical theory (Dale Townshend, Matt Foley). Though the studentship will be based in the Centre for Gothic Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, members of the supervisory team will, where appropriate, be drawn from other departments and faculties across the University.

The successful candidate would be expected to start in September/October 2018

Student eligibility

This opportunity is open to UK/EU and International applicants


Informal enquiries can be made to:


Please quote the reference ArtsHum-CELL-2018-4


How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please quote the reference: ArtsHum-CELL-2018-4.

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

The funding possibilities for this opportunity are either full (fees and stipend) or fees only. The successful
candidate will be notified following interview.

Closing date

31 January 2018


12 February 2018 - 09 March 2018

Research Study