University of Manchester

University of Manchester


The course has 2 main research topics: Molecular bacteriology and molecular mycology; molecular bacteriology is focused on studying bacterial pathogens of man in both the host and the environment and includes the following areas: the role of bacterial polysaccharides and glycoconjugates in disease; attachment of pathogens and biofilm formation; structural biology of cell surface proteins in bacterial pathogens; adaptation of intracellular bacterial pathogens to life inside the cell; plasmid segregation and maintenance; adaptation of pathogens to heavy metals; molecular ecology of agricultural and contaminated soils; ecology and evolution of microbial populations; molecular mycology is exploiting genomic approaches to study the following areas: understanding protein secretion in filamentous fungi and yeast; drug resistance in fungal pathogens of man; fungal developmental biology; genome structure.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject; Lower 2nd Class Honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience may be acceptable; IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Sponsorship information

A large number of funded PhD places are offered annually via the UK Research Councils; other studentships may be available through charities, internal funds and some industry- sponsored awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 36 months
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 72 months
PhD Full-time July 2017 - 36 months
PhD Part-time July 2017 - 72 months
MPhil Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MPhil Part-time September 2016 - 24 months
MPhil Full-time July 2017 - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

FMBE- Doctoral Academy
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)161 2755608