University of Manchester

University of Manchester


PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3-4 years (PhD) or 1-2 years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s). Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background. Research and postgraduate study can focus on: Establishment of animal models for psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); combining behaviour with in vivo electrophysiology in awake and anaesthetized rats and post-mortem brain analysis of biomarkers; developing a maternal immune activation model to complement our well established pharmacological model for schizophrenia; for ADHD, we are developing a novel animal model whereby rats are separated into high and low attentive and impulsive groups. We are also interested in taking this approach to patient stratification; assessing efficacy of novel treatments for cognition and negative symptoms in schizophrenia including drug and exercise therapy; schizophrenia patients where we are interested in the beneficial effects of cognitive remediation and social skills training. working with preclinical models for Alzheimer¿s disease (AD). One focus is around the administration of different types of amyloid beta (Aß) oligomers into the brain to induce cognitive deficits; the underlying biological mechanisms that may lead to the cognitive deficits observed in these models. We are currently developing a novel inducible model for sporadic AD to study the link between amyloid and inflammation in the early stages of the disease. These studies will help with the identification of new therapeutic targets and provide a platform for assessing the efficacy of novel therapies.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class 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.

Sponsorship information

Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants. For more information on funding available please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health website for more information.


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