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Study biosciences at Manchester

Explore the science of life.

Taught master’s in biosciences

Taught biological sciences master's courses at Manchester are powered by the research that we are known for, from immunology and inflammation to genomic sciences.

Get ready for your PhD

Many of our master's courses are designed to help students prepare for PhD study and a career in the lab, giving you a head start if you want to become a research scientist.

"I love reading scientific papers and trying out different techniques or reagents in the lab. The lab-based project was really suitable for someone like me who was interested in taking on a postgraduate research position. Now I’m doing a PhD Neuroscience degree."

Arthur Yushi / MSc Neuroscience graduate



Learn from top researchers

You'll benefit from extensive hands-on work in the lab, learning from leading researchers through practical placements and working as part of a research team. Skills workshops and seminars with respected experts offer additional perspectives on conducting world-class research.

Find your specialism

Choose from a large variety of courses within biosciences at Manchester, whether your passion lies in bioinformatics, cell biology or neuroscience - or even outside the lab in science communication.

On some courses, you will also study currently relevant topics such as COVID-19, which is covered on our MSc Medical and Molecular Virology course.

"I believe the programme has helped prepare me for a career as a research scientist, as well as obtain transferrable skills for jobs outside of science."

Anya Morrison / MRes in Infection Biology


Access unique facilities

Depending on your area of interest, you'll have access to world-leading facilities such as our Genome Editing Unit, which is the only UK core facility that both uses CRISPR-Cas9 and trains others to do so.

Other courses offer the opportunity to familiarise yourself with technologies such as live cell imaging, flow cytometry and next generation sequencing, taking advantage of facilities right here in Manchester.

If your interests lie in biomedical research, you'll benefit from learning in a world-class research environment with close links to local NHS hospitals. This provides access to samples that can be used to explore real-life scenarios on some courses.

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"The influence of the course became apparent when I was approached by a number of recruiters for professional and academic opportunities even before I submitted my final dissertation, and before I had finished the course I was accepted for a very interesting and well wanted Data Science role."

Dimitrios Solomos / Graduate, MSc Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Apply for biosciences

If you’re ready to apply to a postgraduate degree at Manchester, here’s what you need to know.


Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 529 4539



General postgraduate taught enquiries

tel: +44 (0) 161 275 2077