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The recruitment portal for October 2024 start date has now closed, thank you for your interest. The next recruitment will be for October 2025 start date – opens October 2024 and will close January 2025 UK time 12:00 noon and if you have visited this website previously please clear your browsing history to view the documents for 2024 entry. 

Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students producing world-class research in the arts and humanities

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands, to support research students to become experts in their field and to employ their knowledge and skills in their career destinations.  
  • Is open to diverse and challenging approaches to arts and humanities research projects
  • Facilitates access to expert supervision across the breadth of arts and humanities research available in the eight M4C universities
  • Provides opportunities for training to underpin every student’s research and professional development
  • Enables regional, national and international networking with the creative and cultural industries to provide opportunities for placements, fieldwork and collaboration
  • Ensures integrity, equality, diversity, and inclusion across the DTP programme

Writing application workshops are being held online in November, please go to the Apply page for more information


Our offer

As an M4C student, you will have access to studentship funding, expert supervision, placements with an exciting range of regional, national and international partners and an extensive range of training opportunities.


We offer two routes for PhD study: Open Doctoral Awards where you design and agree a research project with academic supervisors and Collaborative Doctoral Awards which are jointly developed and co-supervised between an M4C university and an external partner organisation.

Student profiles

Our student community is distinguished by breadth and diversity in the people and projects that make up M4C. Connecting across the Midlands, our students are part of a dynamic network of researchers, with opportunities to collaborate on research and training.


We work closely with an exciting range of regional, national and international partners to develop placements, specialist training and collaborative projects.