Research course

Wellcome Trust - Quantitative and Biophysical Biology

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 this funded PhD programme. As competition is tough, many of our applicants hold a first-class undergraduate degree and a Masters-level qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

You will be trained in the major questions and experimental techniques in biology, and in the application of mathematical modelling and statistical analysis. Importantly, all PhD projects will require an integration of theory and experimentation, involving `wet' and `dry' work. You will be co-supervised by a wet-lab experimentalist and theoretically trained PI.

The first year consists of two short research projects and Programme-specific skills workshops centered around problem-based exploratory learning. These courses will equip you with the knowledge to choose your PhD research topic for the remaining three years, as well as the skills to carry it out.

See our website for more information about the programme structure.

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
48 months

Course contact details

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