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Prospective students

We offer studentships to prospective students across the full range of the Arts and Humanities through its nineteen pathways, details of which can be found below.

There is strong and growing emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects as well as a focus on research training, employment and work placements with our non-HEI partners.

How to apply




Doctoral Studentships (+2/+3)

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm GMT on Friday 7 February 2020.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at ONE of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Monday 13 January 2020. Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 7 February 2020 (5pm) in order to be considered. The Studentship Allocation Committee will take place on the Friday 27 March 2020. Students will start PhD in September 2020.

Please find below the application form, and guidance on how to apply. Please ensure to also submit an Equality and Diversity Monitoring form when you submit your funding application.

Any questions please contact your local administrator (see guidance) or contact

NWCDTP Open Competition 2020 – UPDATE (01/04/2020)

We are pleased to let you know that the Allocation Committee has met according to schedule on the 27 March and therefore the DTP is due to send offer letters to successful candidates the week of the 6 April 2020.

To all our successful candidates

Please note that there is potential for the start date of October 2020 to be postponed; UKRI have acknowledged the need for flexibility for students due to start their studies in October 2020 in their statement on the ‘Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research’, which can be viewed at the following link:

We understand that this is a very unsettling time for applicants and offer-holders as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. We are following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ensuring the welfare of our students is our absolute priority.

We recognise that the widespread disruption may be a cause for concern and would like to reassure you that our 7 institutions are working extremely hard to seek to ensure that any changes will not affect your opportunity to attend in the coming year.

As the situation evolves and further information is available we will provide updates directly on this page.

We wish to emphasise our commitment to ensuring that any impact is kept to a minimum.



Subject pathways




A pathway is a subject strand, specific to the North West Consortium DTP. It includes subject/department areas common to our 7 institutions and bring them together to form a cross-institutional subject area which brings the best researchers and academics in those fields. The pathways are lead by Pathway leaders in each institutions. Pathways have independence and can organise research conferences, training and other relevant events beneficial to their students.

The NWCDTP has 15 pathways in which students can apply for studentships. Below is the list of those pathways:

Histories, Cultures & Heritage

  • Classics
  • Heritage (Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies)
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Religions

Creative & Performing Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Design

Languages & Literatures

  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Language-Based Area Studies
  • Modern Languages and Translation Studies

Pathway Leaders and Representative contact details


Read profile information for current students of the NWCDTP.

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