Research Degrees

At Manchester Fashion Institute, we have a thriving research community. Our research aims to take on new challenges and set standards on a global scale. We have developed an outstanding academic team and built a network of professional connections that allow us to consult and collaborate with some of the industry’s biggest brands and leading innovators.

Our university is renowned for excellent fashion research, development and practice. Through the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre, we embrace the complete fashion supply chain, offering research degrees in business, product innovation, design, sustainability and marketing. There is the option to conduct your research degree on a full or part-time basis and at Masters or PhD level.

Our focus areas of research include:

Technical Innovation

Social/Ethical Practice

Fashion Image

Fashion Narrative

Fashion Pedagogy

Fashion Business

Our Research Degrees

Self-funded research degree opportunities

Unless a specific date is given, the self-funded opportunities are open throughout the year.

Check if you meet our standard university entrance requirements for research degrees. For details on applying, see our how to apply page. You will also find it helpful to consult the fees information for potential Home/EU and Overseas students.

How to Apply Fees & Support

Research support

The Researcher Development Programme hosted by the Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre (PAHC), provides research training, skills development opportunities and workshops on the various progression stages of the Doctoral experience. Topics also include methods, theories and practices; student presentations; research impact; applying for research funding; publishing and dissemination; public speaking and 1-2-1 digital support as well as a writing group, and research group led seminars, events and reading groups. The PAHC Annual Symposium also complements these activities.

Applicants usually propose their own research projects although some are offered by Manchester Fashion Institute’s cluster groups.

Throughout your research, you will be supervised by a Director of Studies and by subject specialists. You research will be supported, developed and challenged through personal tutorials, subject specialists and studio and learning cultures. As a Researcher, there will be a number of opportunities to exhibit work and you will be encouraged to contribute to seminars and conferences.

Independently assessed progression stages, alongside regular tutorials and an annual review, ensure smooth advancement through the research degree.

Your research – writing, making, reading or discussion – defines everything that you do. This practice will result in any agreed form that is capable of producing evidence of an appropriate level of achievement – visual, written, digital. The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) commences in late September but there are additional enrolment windows in January, April, and July. The Researcher Development Programme and other events and taught elements normally take place on Wednesday of each week.

Postgraduate Arts & Humanities Centre


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Dr Sian Bonnell, Research Degrees Coordinator.

For further information on the application process, please contact the Research Degrees Office:

Tel: +44 (0)161 247 5412


If you do not find what you are looking for on this page – why not come along to Manchester Metropolitan’s next Postgraduate Courses Fair or book a place on an online Postgraduate Course event?