Research Degrees in

Art, Design and Architecture

in the Manchester School of Art


Opportunities are available to study either full-time or part-time for the research degrees of MPhil, PhD and MA by Research in the practices, professions, theories and histories of Art, Design and Architecture.

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art has been awarding research degrees in art and design since 1968. Its Research Centre specialises in the research and practice of art and design at an advanced level to make a significant contribution to the cultural richness of the North West, the UK and beyond.

Manchester School of Art collaborates with other centres of art education, creative art communities and galleries and the professions in the creative industries in the UK and internationally. It has one of the largest communities of subject researchers and postgraduate students in art and design in the UK.

Study options offered are MA and MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD. You will study in a well-established research environment that supports innovative research. We will assist you to enhance your current knowledge and skills and can offer multi-disciplinary supervision across art and design and the humanities. Whilst studying with us you will be assigned a supervisory team consisting of 3 academic staff members to guide you throughout your research.

Topic areas include:
Architecture and Urbanism
Art including Art History and Visual Culture
Arts for Health

Find out more about Research at Manchester School of Art.

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas. 

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 throughout the process.

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

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

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:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

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.

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Postgraduate Study