Research course

Systems Biology

The University of Manchester · School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement will normally be at least an Upper Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent). The School may require a First Class honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement would be specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Systems biology seeks to understand how the specific complexities of dynamic and nonlinear interactions between components of biological systems makes these systems work in a self-sustaining mode. Systems biology combines molecular biology and functional genomics with physical chemistry and mathematical modelling to make biosystems work (better) by aiding drug discovery and development, as well as biotechnology through living organisms. The subtle yet robust functionalities required for sustaining life are of great interest for the design of new engineering methodologies that lead to self-sustaining adjustments in a biotechnological or therapeutic context. The group achieves this through the development and application of new theories, analytical and computational approaches and quantitative experimentation. Industrial relevance of this research is strengthened via the ongoing partnerships with a number of companies, including AstraZeneca, Unilever, Novartis, and GlaxoSmithKline. Academic impact is reinforced by leading in the development and implementation of new national and international research and training initiatives

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate competency in the English language. The school generally requires applicants to hold one of the following qualifications (although other formal qualifications may be considered):

IELTS: 6.5 (with no sub score less than 5.5)

TOEFL Paper Based: 570 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)

TOEFL Computer Based: 230 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)

IBTOEFL Internet Based: of at least 90

If you are offered a place on a course with us and fail to meet the level of competency required, please contact us. It may be possible to gain admission on the agreement that you attend additional English Language classes prior to commencing your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Band A £4,260; Band B £6,750; Band C £8,750; Band D £15,000
International students
Band A £22,000; Band B £23,000; Band C £24,000; Band D £27,000

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
+44 (0)161 306 4837