Research course


The University of Manchester · Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine - CHSTM

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Medicine programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Medicine.

Medical postgraduate research study at Manchester is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Our students have access to first-class facilities and work within a vibrant research community with strong links to regional health service providers and industry.

Research opportunities are multidisciplinary, spanning biomedical, clinical and health policy areas. Examples include investigating the origin of diseases at the cellular/molecular level, developing clinical interventions for targeted therapies, and improving health and social care for patients and populations.

Projects in the area of medicine are often specified in advance, with applications encouraged for pre-defined research studies. Alternatively, we encourage research proposals from applicants seeking places through direct contact with academics and research groups.

Often, the most rewarding projects are those developed in partnership between applicants and potential supervisors in overlapping areas of interest.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

The majority of funding for PhD study is sourced from the UK Research Councils, Industry, Charitable Trusts or Employers. Further information is available from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608