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Create your optimum M3C DTP supervisory team

Use our supervisor search tool or partner university staff listings to find potential supervisors.

Search for potential supervisors and their publications and research interests across the M3C DTP partner universities

As you refine your search, you should think about the supervisory team whose expertise will ensure the most appropriate support. M3C supervisory teams always include at least two academic experts and they may be based in any combination of the 6 universities.

Supervisor search tool

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Be as specific as possible. Try different combinations of keywords.

Your supervisory team may also include a creative industry partner.

Search tool tips: There are a variety of ways in which you can search for your potential supervisor:

You can search on key words that reflect the broad research area that you wish to pursue e.g. broad terms might be music, creative writing, cultural history, Victorian literature, Roman archaeology, critical theory, design, German, museum studies, war studies etc.

You can search multiple times and test different permutations by using more specific terms too e.g. medieval, nineteenth-century, the 1950s, Roman, South Asian, photography, heritage, poetry, film, radio, Shakespeare, D.H. Lawrence, Richard III, Handsworth, Kant,  etc.

Or you might try searching similar terms e.g. civil rights and civil society; postcolonial and transnational; coins and numismatics; racial and ethnic; intellectual and cultural studies etc.

You can search for methodologies and approaches too e.g. interdisciplinary, feminist, digital, creative, working-class, political,  legal, economic, materialist, media, anthropological, philosophical etc.


Partner sites

Birmingham City University

De Montfort University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Birmingham

University of Leicester

University of Nottingham

Summary list of subjects and supervision expertise offered within the partnership institutions.

Please follow the institutional links above for fuller details of the areas we cover, or use the Supervisor search tool to search across all six partner universities.

American and Canadian Studies


  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Archaeology of Human Origins
  • Archaeology of Literate Societies
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Landscape and Environmental Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Prehistoric Archaeology

Architecture: History, Theory, and Practice 


  • Classical Literature
  • Classical Reception
  • Epigraphy and Papyrology
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Philosophy, Thought, and Religion

Community Arts (including Art and Health)

Conservation of Art and Textiles

Creative Writing

Cultural Policy, Arts Management and the Creative Industries

Cultural Studies and Popular Culture

Dance Studies

    • Choreography
    • Dance Performance
    • History of Dance
    • Notation
    • Physical Theatre
    • Social Dance


  • Digital Art and Design
  • History, Theory, and Practice
  • Product Design

Drama and Theatre Studies

  • Dramaturgy
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Scenography
  • Theatre and History
  • Theories of Theatre
  • Theatre and Society

Dictionaries and Databases

English Language and Literature

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature by Time and Place
  • History and Development of the English Language
  • Medieval Literature (including Old and Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Icelandic/Old Norse)

Gender and Sexuality


  • Cultural Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Historical Geography


  • Cultural History
  • Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Economic History
  • History of Ideas
  • History of Science/Medicine/Technology
  • Imperial/Colonial History
  • Political History
  • Religious History
  • Social History
  • War Studies

History of Art



  • Common Law, including Commercial Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Criminal Law and Criminology
  • EU Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence/Philosophy of Law
  • Law Regulated Primarily by Statute (e.g. Family, Employment, Procedure)
  • Law Related to Property
  • Legal History
  • Public Law

Librarianship, Information Studies, and Museum Studies

  • Archives
  • Computational Studies
  • Conservation Science
  • Heritage Management
  • Information Management
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Science
  • Library Studies
  • Management
  • Museum and Gallery Studies
  • Publishing
  • Records Management
  • User Studies

Lifewriting (including Biography and Autobiography)


  • Applications of Linguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Lexicon
  • Linguistic Theory
  • Morphology and Phonology
  • Phonetics
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Syntax

Literary and Cultural Theory

Media and Cultural Studies

  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • Film History, Theory, and Criticism
  • Media and Communication Studies
  • New Media/Web-Based Studies
  • Television History, Theory, and Criticism

Modern Languages

  • Area Studies
  • African Studies
  • Asiatic and Oriental Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • Cultural Studies and Popular Culture
  • French Studies
  • German Studies (including Dutch and Yiddish)
  • Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin
  • Interpreting and Translation
  • Italian Studies
  • Language Pedagogy
  • Middle Eastern and African Studies
  • Russian, Slavonic, and East European Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies


  • Classical
  • Composition (including computer-aided and electroacoustic composition)
  • History of Music
  • Music and Society
  • Musical Performance
  • Musicology
  • Popular Music
  • Traditional Music


  • Epistemology
  • Ethics and Aesthetics
  • History of Philosophy by Period
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language and Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind and Psychology
  • Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, and Mathematical Logic
  • Political Philosophy

Post-Colonial Studies

Textual Editing and Bibliography

Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies

  • Church History and History of Theology
  • Indian and Far Eastern Religions
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Liturgy
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • Modern Theology

Visual Arts

  • Applied Arts (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Art Theory and Aesthetics
  • Digital Arts (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Ethnography and Anthropology
  • Film-based Media (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Fine Art (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Performance and Installation (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Photography (History, Theory, and Practice)
  • Time-based Media (History, Theory, and Practice)

Contact us

If you have a question about the combination of expertise that you seek, please email  enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk

Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Email: enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk