Educational research is based in the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI). ESRI is one of the leading UK centres for applied educational research and evaluation, and a thriving research community.

Rated in the top twenty research departments in the UK for the impact of our educational research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with the 67% of our research being rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. We have an outstanding portfolio of research grants and publications, regularly organise national and international seminars and workshops and other services to research.

ESRI can offer PhD Scholarship opportunities as a part of the ESRC accredited White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership - find out more here.

Check if you meet our standard university entrance requirements for research degrees. For details on applying see our project adverts below. You will also find it helpful to consult the fees and funding page for potential Home/EU and Overseas students.

For enquiries around your project or interests in your subject area, please contact the research degrees team at

For direct application queries, please contact

If you do not find what you are looking for on this page - why not come along to Manchester Metropolitan's next Postgraduate Courses Fair or book a place on an online Postgraduate Course event?

Self-funded Research Degree Opportunities

Unless a specific date is given, the self-funded opportunities are open throughout the year.

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