University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Biomolecular Sciences

The programme covers a broad interdisciplinary area of research including molecular biology; cell biology; bioinformatics; structural biology; and the application of chemical and physical methods to biological systems; bioinformatics applies computational, mathematical and statistical approaches to the study of biological systems; structural biology bridges the important gap between linear genomic information and the function of macromolecules in the cell.

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).

Course modules

Research areas include: Isolation and characterisation of normal and leukaemic primitive haematopoietic stem cells; analysis of the post-transcriptional control of eukaryotic gene expression; development of novel approaches for bioinformatics, genomes and proteomics; alzheimers disease research; hepatitis C virus biology; studies of the malaria parasite.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by 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 Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months
MPhil Full-time - 12 months
MPhil Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

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