Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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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

April, June, September

Course content

Microorganisms are essential components of natural ecosystems but also play important roles in man-made environments. Microbes mediate elemental cycling, are important in the production of food, but are also responsible for infections and disease in humans, animals and plants. Microbiology research examines how microbes function at a molecular level through to a population level. Research within the School studies geomicrobiology, microbial biotechnology, plant-microbe interactions, microbial evolution, microbial genetics, the role of microorganisms in plant-soil ecology.

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