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We offer two routes for PhD study

Open Doctoral Award

Our Open Doctoral Awards are student-led, and we invite high-quality applications within any disciplinary and interdisciplinary area of the arts and humanities. You will:  

  • agree a research proposal with academic supervisors within the M4C partnership, with the potential to build cross-institutional supervisory teams to maximize fit and expertise 
  • be accepted for study at a particular institution (your ‘home’ university) 
  • produce a quality thesis, and take advantage of personal, professional and career development opportunities through M4C’s commitment to ‘quality thesis plus’.

How to apply

Collaborative Doctoral Award

Our Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) are co-designed between an M4C university and an external partner organisation. CDAs offer a project with established research aims, responding to particular needs in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

Supervisory teams are pre-established and are made up of academics from the M4C partnership and a member of the external partner organisation.

A Collaborative Doctoral Award allows you to:

  • produce a quality thesis under expert academic and partner supervision
  • gain first-hand experience of partner organisations outside the university environment
  • enhance employability and skills through development opportunities in line with M4C’s commitment to ‘quality thesis plus’.

CDAs for 2019 entry

Nottingham Playhouse: A Cultural History and Analysis of its Community Engagement
  • Lead university: Nottingham Trent University
  • Lead academic: Sharon Monteith
  • Partner organisation: Nottingham Playhouse
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“Black Foundlings”: Slavery, Trade and London in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Lead university: University of Warwick
  • Lead academic: Giorgio Riello
  • Partner organisation: The Foundling Museum
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Radical Shakespeare: the life and work of Michael Bogdanov
  • Lead university: University of Warwick
  • Lead academic: Paul Prescott
  • Partner organisation: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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Imperial Connections: Re-examining Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
  • Lead university: University of Birmingham
  • Lead academic: Kate Smith
  • Partner organisation: National Trust
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Narratives of Loss during the Civil Wars in Ireland, Wales and England Compared, 1641–52
  • Lead university: University of Leicester
  • Lead academic: Andrew Hopper
  • Partner organisation: National Civil War Centre (NCWC), Newark Museum
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Money, economy and society in Late Saxon England: The Lenborough Hoard and the monetary impact of Anglo-Danish rule
  • Lead university: University of Leicester
  • Lead academic: Jo Story
  • Partner organisation: Bucks County Museum Trust (BCMT) supported by the British Museum
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Making art part of everyday life: The influence of Asian art on UK curatorial practice
  • Lead university: Birmingham City University
  • Lead academic: Jiehong Jiang
  • Partner organisation: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
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Music Education, Cultural Value and Social Change: A Case Study of the Nottingham Music Service
  • Lead university: University of Nottingham
  • Lead academic: Lonan O’Briain
  • Partner organisation: Nottingham Music Service
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At Home in Coventry 1945-1975
  • Lead university: Coventry University
  • Lead academic: Imogen Racz
  • Partner organisation: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
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Identity, Engagement, and Bonds of Affect through Music
  • Lead university: De Montfort University
  • Lead academic: Craig Vear
  • Partner organisation: Leicestershire Music Education Hub (Leicestershire County Council)
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The creativity of figurative messaging in advertising: a collaborative investigation into its application and measurement of success in real-world advertising campaigns
  • Lead university: University of Birmingham
  • Lead academic: Jeannette Littlemore
  • Partner organisation: Big Cat Marketing & Communications Agency
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How to apply