Faculty of Arts

Midlands4Cities (M4C) PhD funding

Be part of a thriving community of doctoral students producing world-class research.

  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training.
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners.
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally.
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners.
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Midlands4Cities website

Become an M4C student at the University of Nottingham

There are three steps to applying.

Step 1: Find your supervisors

For M4C funding you can build your supervisory team from across the  eight partner universities.

University of Nottingham academics are leading specialists in their fields. They have years of experience in successfully supervising numerous PhD candidates. 

You can find out about their specialisations and how well they fit your research interests in several ways.

PhD student and supervisor

Explore our Schools and Departments

Our Schools and Departments websites:

  • provide an overview of their research areas and projects
  • highlight which academics are involved in which areas.

American and Canadian Studies

Classics and Archaeology

Cultural, Media and Visual Studies


Geography (cultural)



Modern Lanaguages and Cultures



Politics and International Relations

Theology and Religious Studies


Examine our Research Centres, Networks and Institutes

Our Centres, Networks and Institutes bring academics from different disciplines together. This interdisciplinary approach broadens perspectives and promotes innovative research.

Applied Linguistics (Centre for Research in)

Ancient Drama and its Reception (Centre for)

Asia Research Institute

Bible, Ethics and Theology (Centre for)

British Politics (Centre for)

China Ports network

Commercial Law Centre

CONCEPT (Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory)

Conflict, Security and Terrorism (Centre for)

Criminal Justice Research Centre

Critical Theory (Centre for)

Cuba (Centre for Research on)

Cultural and Historical Geography

Contemporary East Asian and Cultural Studies (Centre for)

D.H. Lawrence Research Centre

Human Rights Law Centre

Landscape Space Place Research Group

Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (Centre for)

Medieval Heresy and Dissent Research Network

Medieval Research (Institute for)

Memory Studies and the Politics of Memory

Music on Stage and Screen (Centre for)

Nottingham Interdisciplinary Modernism Research Network

Nottingham International Law and Security Centre

Name Studies (Institute for)

Political Ideologies (Centre for the Study of)

Post-Conflict Societies
(International Consortium for the Study of)

Public Procurement Research Group

Race and Rights (Centre for Research in)

Regional Literature and Culture (Centre for)

Screen Industries Research (Institute for)

Sensory Studies Network (Nottingham)

Slavery (Institute for the Study of)

Social and Global Justice (Centre for the Study of)

Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (Centre for)

Theology and Philosophy (Centre of)

Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies (Centre for)

Travel Cultures Network

Treaty Centre

Underwater Archaeology Research Centre

Viking Age (Centre for the Study of)

Visual Culture (Nottingham Institute for Research in)


Midlands4Cities search

Use the search function on the M4C site to find academics involved in the areas you are interested in.

M4C supervisor search



Step 2: Apply to research at the University of Nottingham

You must do this before you apply for M4C funding as you need your University Applicant ID to submit your M4C form. Our postgraduate study pages give full details on the application process including key dates, eligibility criteria and help to write your research proposal.

How to apply to research at Nottingham

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Step 3: Apply for M4C funding

You do this using the M4C online application form. Their website provides detailed guidance notes on how to apply for funding, a referees reference form and access to the online application form.

The M4C application process and form

Applications for M4C 2019 entry are now closed.



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