Research course

Biochemistry

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

September, April

Course content

A biochemical approach forms the basis for understanding the function and properties of molecules, cells, tissues and whole organisms, under normal and abnormal conditions and in response to their changing environment.

Examples include:

  • cell membrane and cell wall structure and function;
  • intracellular trafficking of proteins & organelles;
  • regulation of metabolism in health and disease;
  • protein structural analysis and relationship to protein function;
  • transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
  • cellular recognition and interactions;
  • protein secretion and post-translational processing;
  • molecular analysis of cellular stress responses;
  • signal transduction and intracellular signalling mechanisms;
  • macromolecular assemblies and cell function.

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, 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 the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

For the majority of PhD/MPhil applicants, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall [or TOEFL (paper) 577, (internet) 90]. Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components, TOEFL (paper 527, internet 72).

Fees and funding

Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants.

For more information on available funding, please visit the funding opportunities page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 5608