Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

The application deadline for M3C 2018 has now closed. Information about M4C will be available soon.

The School of History, Politics and International Relations is part of the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded consortium for UK and EU arts and humanities research students.

M3C is also awarding 7 Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partner organisations: Flatpack Festival, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Nottingham Contemporary, Oxford Lieder, Royal Shakespeare Company and Spalding Gentlemen's Society.

M3C provides studentships to enable you to undertake and complete a doctoral degree. Studentships will normally be for up to three years for full-time study, or up to six years for part-time study. Read profiles of some of our current PhD students funded by Midlands3Cities

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MC3 institutions


  • M3C is open to students with a background in the social sciences. However, the supervision team must include academic representatives from relevant arts and humanities disciplines, and the PhD project must fall within the remit of one or more of the AHRC subject categories:
    • Media and Communications
    • International Relations
    • Human Geography
    • Criminology
    • Business
    • Sociology (some aspects)
  • The scheme is open to UK and EU students, however EU applicants will normally receive a 'fees only' award, and should indicate that they are a fees only applicant on the form. If they have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years prior to applying for funding, they may be eligible for a full award
  • Full-time and part-time students are eligible for the scheme, with the part-time studentship consisting of payment of approved pro-rata fees and a pro-rata maintenance grant (50% of the stipend). Studentships must be based on-campus
  • Students who have already commenced doctoral study are eligible, provided that, at the start of the AHRC award, they have at least 50% of their period of study remaining (excluding the 'writing up' period)

Forms, references and supervisors

  • You can download a copy of the online application form. However, please be aware that this is for information only and all applications must be made online, before the deadline
  • There is an Institutional Support Form (ISF) which is to be completed by the departmental/school postgraduate research tutor, with support from members of the interview panel and potential supervisors
  • Referees are encouraged to provide as much specific information as possible for the two required academic references, and to highlight key achievements, e.g. exceptional marks, prizes
  • The M3C encourages cross-institutional supervisory teams, but also takes into account the best fit between the project, place and person. If the best fit for the team is made up of supervisors exclusively at one institution, the reasons for this must be reflected in the ISF

Application and interviews

  • Applicants must have been offered a place of study by the University of Leicester before the MC3 deadline in order to be considered
  • Potential MC3 candidates will be required to attend an interview. Interview panels are normally composed of 3-4 staff members, excluding supervisors to any students

Research reputation

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's top research universities and our PhD and MPhil degrees are firmly rooted in our strong research culture. We are proud of our longstanding reputation for historical research of international quality, and in the RAE 2008, 50% of our research was designated world leading and 90% was judged to be internationally significant.

Research interests

History at Leicester is inviting applications from students whose research interests include: Medieval, early modern and modern history in the British, European and global contexts OR Political, social, economic, intellectual and cultural history.

Full details

Contact details

For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre including details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website.