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Postgraduate research

We offer a range of postgraduate research programmes for students interested in pursuing a career as a researcher in the biological sciences.

At Manchester, postgraduate opportunities span all fields of biology, from the molecule to the cell, through to the whole organism.

Projects are offered from a range of exciting and challenging research themes. Three or four-year PhD programmes and one-year MPhil programmes are tailored to suit students with different levels of research experience, and you will be carefully matched with a supervisor of your choice. 

Our postgraduate research programmes

Subjects covered by our programmes in the biological sciences include:

You can browse a full list of our postgraduate research subject areas or search for a specific project or supervisor.

We also offer funded PhD programmes in some areas.

Training and development

Our researcher development opportunities provide a variety of research and transferable skills that can be used across the various career paths our biological sciences graduates embark on.

All postgraduate research students attend our Doctoral Academy Training Programme. See the training and development page for more information.

Tengku Nurfarhana, Biotechnology and Enterprise PhD student

"The knowledge and skills obtained from this programme enable me to be flexible in my career choices, and provide job opportunities that would not be available had I focused entirely on research training."

Tengku Nurfarhana / Biotechnology and Enterprise PhD student