Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, April, June, September

Course content

The study of genetics underpins many aspects of research within environmental and evolutionary biology. Genetics-based research examines the roles of gene expression, genetic interactions, genetic mutation and gene inheritance, and how these processes exert a biological effect, determine adaption and evolution. Genomics tools such as next-generation sequencing can be used to quantify the presence of genes or activity of genes and gene products either for the study of individual species or for the analysis of whole communities.

In particular, metagenomics analyses are allowing us to understand aspects of ecosystem function at greater detail. In addition to the study of natural systems, genetic research may use model organisms such as yeast, Drosophila and Arabidopsis in order to understand the biological function of individual genes. Relevant research projects include the bioarchaeological study of ancient life, population genetics of disease vectors, evolutionary genetics and genomics, phyologenetics, and genetic responses to biotic and abiotic stress.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 0776