How to apply

 New projects for 2018 entry are available. 

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Apply online

Apply online We prefer applications to be made online as this enables us to respond to you as quickly as possible. 

If this is not possible for you then we can send a printed application form. To request a printed application form please contact the Programme Administrator at

Please ensure that you include all the information that is requested on the application form including transcripts of your qualifications and two references.  Where possible these should be included with your online application by uploading the documents electronically.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding an application to the University of Manchester, guidance notes and further information including details on open days and downloading a postgraduate prospectus can be found on the How to apply University pages.

Completing the application

When completing an online application form please attach the following:

  1. Copies (not originals) of degree certificates and official academic transcripts of previous study. If these are in a language other than English, please provide an official translation.
  2. Copies (not originals) of any English language certification, eg IELTS or TOEFL (if applicable).
  3. Two referee report forms and accompanying letters of reference (these should be people who have knowledge of your academic ability).
  4. Research proposal. When you are applying to do a research degree, we require a research title and proposal to enable us to circulate your application to our academics. Having discussed your application with the relevant supervisor for the projects offered your application should include your interpretation research area you wish to study including a brief description of the project you envisage. 

    We suggest you consider the following questions:
    • Justification for the proposed research (why is it important to do this?)
    • Objectives of the research (what do you hope to find out by doing it?)
    • Methodology (how do you intend to go about doing the research project?)
    • Literature review (a first indication of the kind of books that you will need to read and review as part of the research.

When to apply

We accept applications for postgraduate research study throughout the year and you may apply up to a year before your intended start date. The programme starts in September each year.

Is there a deadline?

There is no deadline for applications although early applications may stand a greater chance of success. All students on the CDT programme must start in September in order to be able to take part in the taught element of the programme. You may apply up to a year before your intended start date.

What will happen to my application?

Once we have assessed your application you should expect to receive a response after a minimum of three weeks.

We will be able to handle your application much more quickly if you ensure that you have included all the supporting documents and up-to-date contact details.

You are always welcome to contact us directly to discuss any questions you may have about your application.

Entry requirements



The standard academic entry requirements for a Doctorate level programme.
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English language requirements



All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English.
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