Research course

Medical Microbiology

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 Medical Microbiology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Medical Microbiology.

As a postgraduate research student in medical microbiology, you will be based in the Microbiology, Biofilm and Microbiome Research Group.

While there is some flexibility in research themes, we generally offer projects involving the study of one or more of the following topics:

  • Microbial pathogenicity and infection
  • In vitro modelling
  • Probiotics
  • Antibiotic or microbicide resistance/susceptibility
  • Human microbiome
  • Interactions between bacteria and eukaryotic cell systems.

As well as providing research experience in applied microbiological techniques, we work with collaborators both within the University and, where appropriate, externally to give you valuable experience in methods including confocal microscopy, metabolomics, next generation sequencing, transcriptomics and proteomics.

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