University of Manchester

University of Manchester


The course aims to explore and understand every aspect of the structure and function of living things; a biochemical approach forms the basis for understanding the function and properties of molecules, cells, tissues and whole organisms, under normal and abnormal conditions and in response to their changing environment.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject; 2.2 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) required.

Course modules

Research areas include: Cell membrane and cell wall structure and function; intracellular trafficking of proteins and organelles; regulation of metabolism in health and disease; protein structural analysis and relationship to protein function; transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; cellular recognition and interactions; protein secretion and post-translational processing; molecular analysis of cellular stress responses; signal transduction and intracellular signalling mechanisms; macromolecular assemblies and cell function.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a research project.

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 Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 12 months
MPhil Part-time - 24 months
PhD Full-time - 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months

Campus details

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

Key information

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