Research Degrees in

Fashion and Clothing

in the Manchester Fashion Institute


Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD, either on campus or via distance learning, and either full-time or part-time.

Manchester Fashion Institute

Manchester Fashion Institute has a thriving research community. Our research aims to take on new challenges and set standards on a global scale. We’ve developed a world-class academic team and built a network of professional connections that allow us to consult and collaborate with some of the industry’s biggest brands and leading innovators.

Our areas of research focus include:

  • Technical Innovation
  • Social/Ethical Practice
  • Fashion Image
  • Fashion Narratives
  • Fashion Pedagogy
  • Fashion Business

Find out more about research in the Manchester Fashion Institute.

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