How to apply
Advice to applicants
We recommend all research applicants to attempt to find a suitable supervisor here at Manchester by searching the subject area
of interest to you and looking at their staff list.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT TEACH EVENING CLASSES OR OFFER DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES.
How your application is considered
The University requires Schools to interview all applicants to whom we consider making an offer. Interviews will be conducted by two academics, usually the proposed main supervisor and the subject or divisional PGR Director (or an assigned representative). The interview can be either face-to-face, via SKYPE, via conference call or via email. The interview serves several purposes: it allows us to get a better picture of the candidate's ability to carry out the proposed doctoral project than the research proposal on its own; it allows us to communicate to the student what the proposed supervisor(s) can bring to the project; and it allows us to discuss with the candidate directly any potential problems with the practical aspects of their studies and explore solutions together.
Applicants may defer entry provided they have discussed it with their supervisor. Deferred applicants are subject to the fees of the year of entry onto the course.
If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.