PhD Museology / Programme details

Year of entry: 2024

Programme description

You will prepare your thesis under the guidance of two supervisors. Progress is monitored at regular meetings of your research panel (two supervisors plus an independent reviewer). The aim of the programme is to support you in becoming an independent research. We encourage you to disseminate your work at seminars and conferences, and in recognised journals or equivalents publications.

The programme culminates in the submission of an 80,000-word dissertation that makes an original contribution to Museum Studies. As a Postgraduate Researcher in the department of Art History and Cultural Practices, you will join a vibrant community with access to exciting research seminars and other events, such the Visiting Pilkington Professor series and the Whitworth Studies series.

You can find out more about our research on the Institute of Cultural Practices website, and see what our current PhD students are working on.

Research supervision interests for this PhD include:

  • Spontaneous memorials, memory and memorialisation;
  • The role of Digital Heritage in museum practice;
  • Studies focusing on Asian museums and museology;
  • Decoloniality, anti-racism and activism in museum and heritage contexts;
  • Approaches to the Climate Crisis and the environment in museum and heritage-based practice;
  • Gender, museums and heritage.

Special features

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Graduate School

All of our postgraduate students become members of the Graduate School when you start at Manchester. It has dedicated facilities for students and offers opportunities to collaborate with other postgraduates.

Additional programme information

Equality, diversity and inclusion  is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. 

We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. 

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

All appointments are made on merit. 

The University of Manchester and our external partners are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Teaching and learning

You will attend research training sessions at artsmethods@manchester , our programme of skills training for postgraduates on both taught and research programmes.


Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Fly Through

Research and teaching in museology is supported by rich resources within our library, the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery , as well as in other distinguished Manchester archives.

Manchester is home to one of the UK's five National Research Libraries - one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK and widely recognised as one of the world's greatest research libraries.

Find out more about libraries and study spaces for postgraduate research students at Manchester.

We also have one of the largest academic IT services in Europe - supporting world-class teaching and research. There are extensive computing facilities across campus, with access to standard office software as well as specialist programmes, all connected to the campus network and internet.

Every student is registered for email, file storage and internet access. If more demanding computer access is required, our specialist computing division can provide high-end and specialist computing services.

The Graduate School offers dedicated state of the art facilities to research students, including common rooms and workstations.

Find out more about facilities for Institute for Cultural Practices students.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: