Research course


The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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 appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Within the Toxicology Graduate Programme, the major research focus is that of cellular response to toxins. A blend of cellular and molecular techniques is applied to questions of toxicological importance, such as; How does the cell survey its integrity and detect toxin-induced damage; How does the cell respond to this damage In addition, the type of response and whether it leads to damage repair and cell survival or to cell death are addressed in projects within the programme, many of which are performed in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and industrial toxicological laboratories.

Department specialisms

Specific research areas include the following: Non-genotoxic carcinogens and hepatic tumour development, DNA damage and toxin-induced apoptosis, Toxin-induced changes to fertility and Influence of toxins on intracellular signalling.

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

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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