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The Arts & Humanities Graduate School through the Manchester School of Art’s Research Centre, offers research degrees in the practices, professions, histories and theories of art and design and cognate disciplines. These can be studied on a full and part-time basis at Masters and PhD Level.

The Graduate School brings together the three different postgraduate research degree programmes in Manchester School of Art, Humanities Languages and Social Science and the Manchester Fashion Institute. By developing our strengths the merger presents a very real opportunity to signal the significance of public and outward facing research and the importance of multidisciplinary, collaborative, applied and practice-based research methods alongside traditional disciplinary approaches. The Graduate School boasts over one hundred nationally and internationally recognized theorists, practitioners and professionals from disciplines across the full range of the Art, Craft, Design, Media, Architecture, Humanities and the Applied Social Sciences.

Research projects are usually proposed by applicants although some funded scholarships are attached to external partners. Projects are linked with the research hubs and groups focused around recognized areas of research excellence in Manchester School of Art Research Centre. The Manchester School of Art pioneered the practice-led research degrees and today we provide a nationally and internationally recognized environment for postgraduate research. We have long-standing relationships with galleries, museums, and the creative industries in the North West region and beyond.

MA by Research

Study undertaken at masters level runs for a year (full-time) and explores aspects of knowledge at the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. Students are expected to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, and to gain understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively.

A MA by Research thesis will not normally exceed 30,000 words (excluding ancillary matter such as footnotes). When the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form, the written component should normally be within 10,000 – 15,000 words.

Visit the MA by Research - MA page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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