Research course

Science Ethics

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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


Course content

The 3-4 year PhD programme in Science Ethics, in the Faculty of Life Sciences, is based on an individual research project working with a specific academic supervisor(s).

The Faculty's Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) has developed an overarching field of academic study in `Science Ethics', which is conducted within the context of current and future trends in life sciences, and involves `bench-scientists' in areas such as neuroscience, stem cell biology, reproduction, biosecurity and biofuels, as much as those with backgrounds in ethics, law, philosophy and governance. Distinct from the more traditional subject of Philosophy of Science and the more specific disciplines of Bioethics or Research Ethics, Science Ethics is important today owing to the truly interdisciplinary (and global) nature and impact of scientific research.

Information for international students

For PhD 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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5249