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 Nutrition programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Nutrition.

Nutrition is defined as the intake of food, considered in relation to the body's dietary needs.

It has major implications for health and function, and in the genesis or prevention of many diseases occurring across the life course.

We recognise this as a cross-cutting domain, with relevant research activities taking place in many of our specialist research divisions.

These projects range from basic bioscience and mechanistic research through to many aspects of diet and health, including obesity.

There are also particular opportunities in clinical nutrition and nutritional support, including intestinal failure.

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

Additional requirements for distance learning students

The distance learning PhD maximises flexibility and decreases the need for travel and to have an actual presence on campus (apart from the annual intensive study week), but it does not decrease the time and commitment required for serious and successful PhD study.

As well as the academic and language entry requirements outlined above, distance learning students must also prove that they have the time, commitment and language ability and facilities available needed to work remotely.

As part of their application, students should demonstrate that they have:

  • At least two days per week minimum study time (part-time students) or full-time hours availability (full-time students);
  • Access to study sites and research participants;
  • If seconded from employment to undertake the programme, approval and support from your employer for study time;
  • Adherence to University and home environment ethics and research governance procedures;
  • Consistent computer and IT access;
  • A broadband connection: minimum downstream 2 Mb, upstream 256k;
  • Up-to-date Windows software;
  • A webcam and microphone.

Students must maintain the expected virtual presence and communication to remain registered on the distance learning PhD programme.

Please note: When applying, distance learning students should clearly indicate their interest in the distance learning PhD on the application form.

Qualification and course duration


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


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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