The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

M4C is awarding doctoral studentships for UK and International applicants for 2022 entry through an open competition and Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) through a linked competition with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector.

The Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham is inviting applications from students whose research interests connect with our fields of expertise in:

-Ancient History

-Classical Literature

-Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology

-Mediterranean and European Prehistory and Iron Age

-Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology

-Silk Road Studies


-Ancient Materials

Depending on your research interests, prospective research students will also have the opportunity to join the leading research centres hosted by the Department: The Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (CADRE), The Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (CLABS), The Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS), as well as the University’s Institute for Medieval Research (IMS).

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to apply for funding by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training (M4C) Partnership.

The deadline for M4C funding applications is 12 January 2022 (noon), by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted using the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit: contact [email protected]

For information on how to apply to the University of Nottingham through Midlands4Cities, please visit:

Students interested in applying for a doctoral programme in our department are encouraged to identify potential supervisors and contact them in order to discuss their research proposal. Further information about the Department’s main research areas and research staff can be found on our webpage:

For any enquiries, please contact the Department’s Postgraduate Admissions Officer, Dr Edmund Stewart ([email protected]).