Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership


The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) is a collaboration funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) between the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester, Wawrick University and Coventry University.

M4C provides combined research expertise for the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.  

Programme overview

The Midlands4Cities DTP delivers excellence in all aspects of research supervision and training and provides access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international creative industry partners. You will benefit from: 

  • membership of a world-class research environment
  • high quality supervision teams (with the potential for cross-institutional supervision and the inclusion of professionals from the creative industries)
  • interdisciplinary and collaborative research opportunities 
  • placements and professional development activities with partners including the British Film Institute, the British Museum, the V&A, the National Archives, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby City Museum and Gallery services, Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Nottingham Contemporary, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Heritage England, the National Civil War Centre and the National Videogame Arcade.
  • engagement with professions and communities who will use your research


AHRC funding is available for all UK and International students.

See individual research opportunities for details of the Open Doctoral Competition and the Collaborative Doctoral Awards . 

Entry requirements

See individual research opportunities for details. 

How to apply

Applications for 2021 start are closed. Keep up to date with 2022 start information on the Midlands4Cities website.

Applicants must also have applied for a place to study at one of the eight M4C universities and have provided two academic references as part of the application procedure.

For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit www.midlands4cities.ac.uk or contact enquiries@midlands4cities.ac.uk


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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