Research course

Channels and Transporters

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. 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 content

The vast majority of chronic diseases can be related to abnormal structure or function of one or more membrane transport proteins. Research within the Channels and Transporters group spans the molecular structure, function and regulation of these important proteins, as well as their pharmacology and role in disease. Particular areas of interest include pancreatic stem cells and diabetes, fluid and electrolyte transport in epithelial cells, chloride channels in the choroid plexus, potassium channels in vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells, cardiac and neuronal voltage gated calcium channels, oxygen-sensing ion channels, urea transporters and calcium-sensing receptors in the kidney and vasculature. Research addresses the characterisation of ion channel and transporter genes, trafficking and localisation of ion channels in the membrane, spatio-temporal patterning of cytosolic calcium signals and other signalling pathways, such as the inositol lipids. Future work will continue to advance knowledge and understanding of transport mechanisms in these physiologically important areas.

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 funding

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 Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
+44 (0) 161 275 5657