Research course

Medical Virology

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

The Virology Unit is based within the Division of Infection, Inflammation and Respiratory Medicine. The Unit has strong links with clinical virology departments based in hospitals across the North West region and access to large patient and sample groups enabling applied research into clinically relevant and important viral diseases. The Unit also has a strong network of European contacts and collaborators. A range of research methods are used including molecular virology techniques, cell culture and viral assay. The unit also contains an anti-viral testing facility. We are currently engaged in research in 3 main areas:

Blood borne & CNS viruses; Prof. Paul Klapper leads a group investigating hepatitis C infection in the North West of England. He also has projects looking at polyoma viruses in kidney transplant patients and diagnosing herpes simplex neurological infections.

Congenital infections; Prof Pam Vallely leads a group investigating cytomegalovirus infections during pregnancy

Novel anti-virals; Profs Klapper and Vallely both work with industrial partners to test novel anti-viral compounds and projects may be available in this are to investigate mechanisms of action.

Other recent projects have been based around respiratory infections in the NW region and developing novel vaccines against HIV and Zika virus.

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