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  • What does it cost?Fees: £3,732 in 2011-12; expect that plus inflationInternational fees: £12,300 – set for the duration of the programme
  • What does it cost?Fees: £3,732 in 2011-12; expect that plus inflationInternational fees: £12,300 – set for the duration of the programme
  • What does it cost?Fees: £3,732 in 2011-12; expect that plus inflationInternational fees: £12,300 – set for the duration of the programme
  • Single selection process – that means that you get the best award your ranking meritsSame criteria for all
  • Single selection process – that means that you get the best award your ranking meritsSame criteria for all
  • What you’re doing [research question]Why you’re doing it [context; contribution]How you’re doing it [methods, sources, timetable, ethics]Key to successful research proposal – combination of big picture with grasp of specifics.
  • You’re not committing yourself to the precise detail – of course projects develop over time. But we need to be clear that you know what you’re doing and how you’re doing to do it.Needs to be accessible to people from outside the immediate field – hence need to avoid jargon.
  • Examiners’ comments – best to leave this to your refereesActivities, awards – you mention them (but refs can reinforce message. See your referees as your allies.
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    • 1. Dr Martina FallerDirector of Postgraduate Research
    • 2. • A large, vibrant and diverse PGR student community: more than 400 HOME/EU students and more than100 Overseas• Wide range of supervisory expertise from world-class researchers• Lots of opportunities for interdisciplinary work within School and with other Schools
    • 3. I want to do a PhDHow do I apply?
    • 4. Apply online• Research proposal (of about 1500 words)• Two references• Academic transcripts• Additionally: – Portfolio or writing sample for some programmes – Evidence of English language ability if English is not your first language) – Copy of passport if you need a visa
    • 5. Before Applying• Consult subject webpages for staff research interests• Identify potential supervisor(s) and get in touch!
    • 6. I want to do a PhDHelp ... How do I fund it?
    • 7. Funding Schemes• Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): fees and maintenance• Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): fees and maintenance• President’s Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS): fees and maintenance• School Funding: – fees and partial maintenance – fees bursaries
    • 8. AHRC: am I eligible?• Subject areas: Archaeology; Classics; Dance, Drama and Performance; English; German Studies; History; History of Art; Linguistics and English Language; Museum Studies; Music; Religious Studies; Russian and East European Studies; Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies; Translation and Intercultural Studies• UK and EU applicants only (EU students fees only unless they meet criteria on previous period in UK (e.g. if took first degree in UK, or resident for three years))• full time or part time
    • 9. AHRC: How do I apply?• Two stages: – apply for place on programme by 1 Feb – apply for funding by 1 March• Funding application requires: – 1,000-word research proposal – 2 references
    • 10. ESRC: am I eligible?• Subject areas: – Economic and Social History – Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS) (including East Asian studies; Latin American and Caribbean studies; Middle Eastern studies; Russian and East European studies) – Linguistics• 1+3 (MA+PhD) and +3 (PhD) schemes; full time or part time• UK and EU applicants only (EU students fees only unless they meet criteria on previous period in UK, e.g. if took first degree in UK, or resident for three years)
    • 11. ESRC: How do I apply?• Two stages: – apply for place on programme by 17 Jan – apply for funding by 4 Feb• Funding application requires: – 1,500-word research proposal – 2 references
    • 12. PDS• Eligibility: all Subject areas; UK, EU and Overseas students; full time or part time• Two stage application: – apply for place on programme by 1 Feb – apply for funding by 1 March• Application requires: – 1,000-word research proposal – 2 references
    • 13. School Awards• Eligibility: all Subject areas; UK, EU and Overseas students; full time or part time• Two stage application; deadlines to be announced• Some subject areas may offer additional funding; details to be announced
    • 14. Research proposal• research problem or question• research context for this question• contribution to knowledge• methods and critical approaches to be used• the sources you will use, where they are located, and how they will be accessed• timescale – what needs to be done when• any ethical issues raised by the research project
    • 15. Defining your project• be specific• be precise• be assertive• be practical: a 3-year thesis, a viable project• avoid jargon• show that you are informed on scholarship
    • 16. Your record so far• Specific skills • Qualitative appreciation: – Research skills awards, examiners’ comments – Linguistic skills • Research activities – – Work experience conferences, student – General distinctive networks features
    • 17. Help your referees• References need to be constructive, realistic, and factual• Work references may be relevant for professional doctorates• Hyperbole doesn’t work• Talk to your referees. AHRC and PDS guidance give detailed instructions to referees. Pass them on!• Supply them with information (transcripts, feedback sheets, background information)
    • 18. What are the panels looking for?• Can you identify and articulate a coherent research project?• Are you aware of the field, and how the project will make an original contribution?• Do you have the methods or critical approaches that will lead to significant results?• Sensible choice of sources• Is it feasible in the time?• Can/should it be done in Manchester?
    • 19. Summary of the selection criteria– The Four P’s:– Person (track record of grades/experience; evidence from references)– Preparation (relevance of prior experience; coherent story of how you have got here, where you are going; do you have the right skills?)– Proposal/Project (is it clear? Is it original? Is it viable?)– Place (good fit between the student and the institution in terms of resources and research strengths)
    • 20. More information• Talk to subject PGR representatives today• Funding info on Graduate School website: http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/graduatesch ool/funding/
    • 21. Subject/Division Contact HoursDrama Dr Jenny Hughes 3.30-5pm SL06 Martin HarrisClassics and Ancient History Dr Polly Low 3.30-5pm S2.11English and American Studies Dr Anastasiaand Creative Writing Valassopoulos 2-5pm S1.19French, Italian, German andTranslation and InterculturalStudies Dr Luis Peréz-González 2-5pm W4.07 2-2.30pm, 3.30-History Dr Julie-Marie Strange 5pm N2.07 Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto 2.30-3.30pm N3.2Linguistics and English Language Prof Eva Schultze-Berndt 3-5pm NG12 Dr Martina Faller 2-3pm NG8SPLAS, EAS, MES and REES Professor Alex Samely 2-5pm WG17 C1.24, EllenHCRI Dr Jen Peterson 2-5pm Wilkinson 4.07, MansfieldArchaeology Dr Stuart Campbell 2-5pm CooperR&T Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus 2-5pm WG20B 2-2.30 and 3.30- 3.08, MansfieldArt History and Visual Studies Anthony Gerbino 5pm CooperMusic David Fanning 2-5pm F27 Martin Harris

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