Research course


The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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

September, April

Course content

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

A biochemical approach aims to understand the chemical processes that occur in plants and animals. It forms the basis for investigating the function and properties of molecules, cells, tissues and whole organisms, under normal and abnormal conditions and in response to their changing environment.

Examples include:

  • Cell membrane and cell wall structure and function;
  • Intracellular trafficking of proteins & organelles;
  • Regulation of metabolism in health and disease;
  • Protein structural analysis and relationship to protein function;
  • Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
  • Cellular recognition and interactions;
  • Protein secretion and post-translational processing;
  • Molecular analysis of cellular stress responses;
  • Signal transduction and intracellular signalling mechanisms;
  • Macromolecular assemblies and cell function.

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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