Research course

Organelle Function

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Specific mechanisms promote the correct folding and assembly of newly synthesised proteins and ensure that these molecules are transported to their appropriate compartment within eukaryotic cells. Many diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, are related to defects in these processes and our work focuses on two broad themes. The first encompasses how proteins are transported into and across the endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial membranes and how they are assembled in these organelles. The second involves defining the machinery and mechanisms responsible for the sorting and transport of proteins between the different compartments of the endomembrane system and in maintaining organelle identity.

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

PhD 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


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