Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Entry requirements

For MPhil; An honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent in relevant subject, a relevant postgraduate qualification or other evidence of previous study and research. For PHD; An honours degree (minimum 2:1) or the overseas equivalent in a relevant subject, an MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution, or satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include some research training) undertaken for the equivalent of at least one year full time.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences offers postgraduate research training of the highest standard, with research environments spanning laboratory and clinical settings.
Research opportunities in the Faculty span the clinical, biological and psychological sciences, catering to a diverse set of career aspirations. PhD research training has resulted in our graduates forging their own independent research groups, entering R&D in industry and developing techniques for clinical career development. Most importantly of all, PhD training within the Faculty provides the scope to deliver improved healthcare, technology and therapies to the benefit of all.

Department specialisms

Research falls into four distinct areas: Long-term Care and Rehabilitation Research; Mental Health Care Research; Primary Health Care Research; Social Work Research. PhD students can study using a flexible distributed learning route.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following: IELTS 6.5, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component, TOEFL 600 paper based (with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 6.0), TOEFL 250 computer based, GCSE English grade C.

Fees and funding

Candidates are invited to contact the School at an early stage in order to explore opportunties to develop proposals for applications for external fellowships (eg. Department of Health, MRC, ESRC). As it takes time to secure funding, please apply for a place at the same time as seeking funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 0270