Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership
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Midlands4Cities will train the next generation of arts and humanities researchers

Midlands4Cities (M4C) is one of 10 new Doctoral Training Partnerships announced by the AHRC.

The award will result in hundreds of new postgraduate studentship opportunities across the Midlands region.

The M4C DTP will lead the way in collaborative postgraduate research, training, joint supervision and partner engagement with organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors. It builds on the track record of the previous Midands3Cities DTP

Building the partnership

M4C is expanding on the previous research and training capacity of the Midlands3Cities DTP by adding an additional two partners to its consortium – Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

The consortium now brings together academic expertise from the:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • University of Warwick
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Nottingham

Midlands4Cities is a truly exciting development, expanding the doctoral research community established so distinctively by Midlands3Cities.

The addition of two new universities from the city of Coventry, and our active engagement with a diverse range of cultural and creative partners, positions the Midlands as a major regional catalyst of arts and humanities research innovation and skills development.


paulgrainge Professor Paul Grainge
Director of Midlands4Cities


The M4C offer

M4C will see more than 460 postgraduate research studentships available across the eight institutions over five years. This includes at least 40  Collaborative Doctoral Awards co-designed with non-university partners. The DTP will provide:

  • 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
  • access to a customised programme of research, employability and skills training
  • placement opportunities with leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners

M4C offer


Applying to M4C

If you are thinking of doctoral study and want to be part of a thriving community of postgraduate research students then applications open 8 October 2018 for 2019 entry.

Full details of the M4C offer, our partners, a supervisor search tool and the online application form and guidance notes will be on a new M4C website that will be available soon.

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Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Email: enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk