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How to apply for a PhD

A guide to submitting your PhD application.

Applications are now open for September 2017 entry. You will need to submit your completed application with all of the relevant supporting documents by 30 June 2017.

Application process

1. Check the entry requirements

Before starting your application, check that you meet the entry requirements for academic qualifications and English language.

Your application can also be considered more quickly if you nominate a potential supervisor.

2. Gather your supporting documents.

You will need to submit the following documents with your application form.

Your proposal needs to include the following:

  • Title
  • An overview of the research

You should state why your research is important, how it will make an original contribution to the literature and how it fits with the research priorities of Alliance MBS.

  • Positioning of the research (approx. 1500 words)
  • Research design and methodology (approx. 1200 words):

This should reference the most important texts related to the research, demonstrate your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address. You should clearly articulate your research questions and why these are significant and how they make an original contribution to the literature.

You need to provide details of your proposed research methodology, giving consideration to any data requirements, fieldwork, access issues, etc. for any empirical work.

  • References

Your research proposal will be screened for originality using Turnitin software. In preparing your proposal it is therefore very important to reference the content of your work appropriately.

You need to submit certificates and final grade transcripts of all previous degrees (translated into English). If you are currently undertaking a degree programme, an up-to-date interim transcript will be enough at this stage.

We accept IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Test results must be less than 2 years old and valid at the point of entry. Read more about English language requirements >>

We prefer these to be from tutors who have taught you on your most recent degree. The reference letters must be currently dated, provided on the relevant institutional letterhead paper, and carry the referee's signature. Reference letters may also be submitted direct my email.

International applicants only

3. Apply online

Complete and submit the online application for your chosen PhD programme pathway >>

Remember to upload your supporting documents to your online application.

4. Application acknowledgment

You will receive an email acknowledgment from The University of Manchester advising you of your ID number. You will need to quote this ID number in all correspondence.

5. Doctoral Admissions Team

Your application will be forwarded to the Doctoral Admissions team at Alliance MBS and you will receive notification of what happens next. You will also be provided with the name of the person who is processing your application. You should always contact this person directly in future correspondence, remembering to quote your ID number.

6. Decision

We aim to reach a decision within 4 weeks of receiving your application. At busy times, this can take longer, but we make every effort to keep you informed of your application's progress and reach a decision as soon as we can.

Track the progress of your application >>

For help with your PhD application contact:
+44 (0)161 275 1200

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