The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable. The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.
Months of entry
January, April, July, September
Course contentBiochemistry aims to explore and understand every aspect of the structure and function of living things. 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 & Disease
Protein Structural Analysis & Relationship to Protein Function
Transcriptional & Post-transcriptional Regulation in Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells
Cellular Recognition & Interactions
Protein Secretion & Post-translational Processing
Molecular Analysis of Cellular Stress Responses
Signal Transduction & Intracellular Signalling Mechanisms
Macromolecular Assemblies & Cell Function
The MPhil is a one-year research degree where students get the opportunity to study a specific research project. The MPhil degree can act as a stand-alone degree for applicants who would like to gain experience in a specific area, or can be linked to a PhD programme. Rather than register on a direct entry 3 or 4 year PhD, some postgraduates may first register on a one-year MPhil programme. Subsequently students may then wish to transfer on to a full PhD programme with a further 2 or 3 years of study.
PhD programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3 or 4 years, working with a specific academic supervisor (principle investigators). Applicants are specifically matched with a principle investigator based on their research interests and background.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS, 577 TOEFL (paper), 233 TOEFL (computer), 90 TOEFL (internet).
Fees and fundingPhD 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
Course contact details
- Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
- +44 (0) 161 275 5608
- +44 (0) 161 275 5657