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

Genomics is the study of genomes, the complete complement of genetic material in each cell of an organism, and it lies at the heart of many of our research programmes in biology, medicine and health. Our research covers genomic structure, function and evolution, employing ongoing developments in high-throughput experimental techniques such as next-generation sequencing.

Our PhD/MPhil Genomics programme enables you to undertake a research project in an aspect of genomics that will advance the field. We have many international experts in genomics at Manchester and cutting edge facilities to enable your research.

Our facilities enable genome sequencing for individual or population studies, genome engineering, single cell analyses, as well as high-throughput functional assays such as RNA-Seq that can characterise and quantify the RNA products found in cells or tissues, and epigenomic assays to identify chromatin modifications. Data from these applications provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand how the genome encodes the function of cells, tissues and organisms. Our genomics PhD students are using these genomic technologies and data to tackle major problems in biology, medicine and health research.

In the field of Genomic Medicine, Manchester has one of the UK's leading centres for genomic medicine as part of the internationally pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. Our researchers such as Professors Bill Newman , Graeme Black and Yanick Crow have identified numerous genes associated with a variety of genetic diseases and have been at the forefront of developing next generation sequencing technologies for molecular diagnosis throughout the NHS.

Manchester also has considerable expertise in computational and molecular bioscience where our experts undertake big data analysis and develop software, algorithms and pipelines for application in biology and biomedicine, as well integrating advanced techniques for studying relevant molecules. This includes world leaders in non-coding RNA biology ( Professor Sam Griffiths-Jones ), molecular evolution ( Professor James McInerney ), evolutionary genomics ( Professor Daniela Delneri ) and proteomics ( Professor Simon Hubbard ), as well structure prediction and modelling of the effects of genetic variations of protein structure and function ( Professor Simon Lovell ).

Our `Evolution, systems and genomics' domain has 130 research groups associated with it, with almost 700 researcher members and approximately £50 million in live grant funding at any one time. With such a diversity of expertise you are guaranteed to find an expert subject supervisor for your research, as well as being immersed in a vibrant, diverse and supportive environment.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

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

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