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, April

Course content

Geneticists seek to understand how biological information is replicated, transmitted or altered and how this affects organism phenotypes, populations and evolution. Modern technologies and quantitative approaches are used to study both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Projects in molecular genetics and genomics focus on how genes are organised and regulated to determine phenotypes. Transmission genetics covers how genes are transmitted and expressed from generation to generation, while studies in evolutionary and population genetics aim to understand how genes behave and change between populations over time.

Areas of study include:

  • Molecular mechanisms controlling gene expression
  • Genetic disorders
  • Developmental genetics
  • Genome organisation
  • Chromosome structure
  • Reproduction
  • Behavioural genetics
  • Population and quantitative biology
  • Ecological and evolutionary genetics
  • Mathematical models of inheritance and evolution.

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.

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

Faculty of Life Sciences - Various Studentships
Faculty of Life Sciences - Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Studentships

Qualification and course duration


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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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