Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Biostatistics programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Biostatistics.

Underpinning all our work in collaborative clinical and healthcare research is a vibrant programme of methodological research. Our main research themes within biostatistics investigate design and analysis of both randomised trials and epidemiological studies, including the management and analysis of large e-health datasets and complex statistical modelling of high-dimensional biomarker data and clustered or correlated outcomes.

In particular, our research covers:

  • Modern statistical approaches to causal inference
  • The design and analysis of randomised trials and other clinical experiments (including the evaluation of complex interventions)
  • The management and analysis of large ehealth data sets;
  • Complex statistical modelling, including the use of Bayesian methods, including applications to high-dimensional biomarker data and clustered or correlated outcomes arising from measurements repeated over time (including repeated events or interventions);
  • Interventions being provided to groups of participants rather than individuals;
  • Measurement error evaluation and modelling;
  • Genetic epidemiology;
  • Survival, event-history and frailty models.
  • Prediction/prognostic modelling.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608