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

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

Microorganisms play pivotal roles in everyday life, from elemental cycling and the production of food to life-threatening infections of man and animals.

At Manchester, there are two main research topics - Molecular Bacteriology and Molecular Mycology.

Molecular Bacteriology is focused on studying bacterial pathogens of man and includes the following areas:

  • The role of bacterial polysaccharides and glycoconjugates in disease;
  • Relationship between infection and gut flora;
  • Structural biology of cell surface proteins in bacterial pathogens including their interaction with the immune system and implications for vaccine development;
  • Adaptation of intracellular bacterial pathogens to life inside the cell;
  • Development of novel approaches to combat antibiotic resistance;
  • Mechanisms used by bacterial pathogens to handle heavy metals and their role in host-pathogen interactions.

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

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

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