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

January, September, July, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Biotechnology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will help to develop your skills and knowledge of Biotechnology.

As genome projects for animals, plants and microorganisms continue to advance, new opportunities arise that offer huge potential benefits in healthcare, agriculture and the environment through the production of new drugs, novel crops and bioremediation. In addition, the new science of Synthetic Biology has the potential to transform the industrial production of fine chemicals and medicines.

The University of Manchester is home to the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology ( and enjoys strong links with industry. Research in biotechnology is diverse, and the following areas represent just a few examples:

  • Enzyme structure, function and engineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Therapeutic antibodies and other biological drugs
  • Injury and repair
  • Cancer biology
  • Vaccinology
  • Animal cell biotechnology
  • Microbial pathogenicity and antibiotics
  • Fungal biotechnology and protein production
  • Biofuels
  • Genetic engineering of crops
  • Containment of transgenes in the environment
  • Bioremediation of terrestrial and aquatic environments
  • Bioinformatics

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


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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