Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas of Information and Communications you will:
We can supervise topics that apply quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to the study of Communications and Media, Information Management, and Information Access.
We can supervise projects on topics such as:
We undertake vital research on Information and Communications. Our research is committed to delivering real-world enhancements, whether through improving the design, usefulness and usability of technologies, or expanding understanding of how new technologies can transform social life.
We are home to the Centre for Research in Libraries, Information and Media (CeRLIM), which undertakes research in information, its technology and communications. The centre aims to contribute to the development of information systems and media through understanding the human and social dimension. The centre collaborates with colleagues across other disciplines to analyse areas relating to Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage, Corpus Linguistics, Web Development and User Experience.
We have also recently launched our new Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences. This centre is committed to undertaking interdisciplinary social sciences research that makes a real policy impact at a local, regional, national and global level.
Our postgraduate researchers are a key part of our social and intellectual environment. You will be a member of our Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC). PAHC is a dedicated forum for postgraduate students in the Arts and Humanities. It provides:
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
Studying information and communications puts you at the forefront of social, cultural and industrial change. As a postgraduate researcher, you will develop an expert understanding of the contemporary media and technology landscape, and you will be equipped with the necessary skills to evaluate and shape that landscape.
You will have the opportunity to develop working relationships with practitioners from the media industry and the library & information professions. Our location in the heart of Manchester – an ever-expanding digital technology hub – provides a wealth of networking opportunities and external expertise.
Our rigorous training opportunities will also equip you with the necessary skills to pursue academic careers in a range of social science disciplines.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year in line with UK Research and Innovation guidelines.
International fees are categorised into five bands. Your tuition fee band will depend on the resources required for your project. We will confirm your band in your offer letter.
Fees for 2019/20 entry will be available here when they are confirmed
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Information and Communications are advertised on our site.
We are a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the Arts and Humanities. The deadline for applications is midnight on 14 January 2019.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Adi Kuntsman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr Frances Johnson, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinators for Information and Communications.
For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty’s research degrees administration team: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 6673.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.