Research course


The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first class or upper-second class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or the international equivalent. However, in certain circumstances, a lower second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters, or sufficient relevant work experience, may be accepted. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

There is significant interaction between systems, cellular and molecular neuroscientists in the Faculty of Life Sciences to deliver a wide range of projects focused on research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal regulation and neurodegeneration in the CNS and PNS. A major focus is to understand processes of neurodegeneration in order to uncover aetiology and/or treat the common diseases of the nervous system, for example Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease and stroke.

Department specialisms

Visual and Geometrical Optics; CNS Repair; Eye Movements; Infant Vision; Contact Lenses; Visual Electrophysiology; Colour Vision; Alzheimer's Disease; Low Vision; Binocular Vision

Information for international students

For 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

Funded places are 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 award is subject to change and so you are advised to check the website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


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


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
0161 275 5608
0161 275 5657