Research course


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. 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, September, July, April

Course content

Geneticists seek to understand how biological information is replicated, transmitted or altered and the overall effects on phenotypes, populations and evolution. Genetics research uses modern technologies, equipment and approaches to study prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. 'What are genes, how are genes organised and how do they affect phenotypes' are questions that relate to molecular genetics and genomics. 'How is genetic information transmitted and expressed from generation to generation' covers transmission genetics and 'How do genes and the effects of genes behave and change within and between populations' is the bassis of evolutionary, population and quantitative genetics. Areas of study include:

Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Gene Expression
Genetic Disorders
Developmental Genetics
Genome Organisation
Chromosome Structure
Organisation & Reproduction
Cell Cycle Control
Behavioural Genetics
Population & Quantitative Biology
Ecological & Evolutionary Genetics
Mathematical Models & Statistical Analysis of Inheritance & Evolution

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Fees and funding

Faculty of Life Sciences - Various Studentships
Faculty of Life Sciences - Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Studentships

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 Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
+44 (0) 161 275 5657