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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 8 February 2019.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at ONE of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Monday 14 January 2019. Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday 8 February 2019 (5pm) in order to be considered.

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


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:

  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Religions and Theology
  • Visual Arts: Arts and Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
  • Dance, Drama and Performing Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Heritage
  • Classics
  • Modern Languages and Translation Studies
  • Language-Based Area Studies
  • English


Read profile information for current students of the NWCDTP.

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