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PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate

A PhD in biological, medical or health sciences with a built-in accredited teaching certificate.

How to apply

Applications are now open for September 2020 entry

There is currently no deadline for applications to this programme; however, we do recommend you apply as early as possible to ensure you receive full support in selecting the right project/supervisor.

There is no specific funding available for the programme, as it is expected that that majority of students will be supported by their employer or sponsor. We operate a funding scheme through our Doctoral Academy to support the most outstanding students with partial awards, information can be found on our funding pages.

If you wish to be considered for the PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate, you must complete a single online application.

Please ensure you follow the steps outlined below.


Application instructions

Step 1: Choose your project

Decide on the project or supervisor that is most relevant to your research interests using the project search. For this programme you can select self-funded projects or develop your own research proposal in partnership with potential supervisors.

You may apply for up to three projects of interest on your application form. You may also wish to notify your prospective supervisor that it is the PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate in which you interested. If you do not know which supervisor and project you wish to apply for, then get in touch and we can help you find a suitable one.

We encourage you to make direct contact with preferred supervisors to discuss your application and the project in more detail, before submitting an application form.

In a small number of cases, it will not be possible to match you to one of your preferred projects. However, we will always endeavour to find you an alternative project by bringing your application to the attention of other potential supervisors.


Step 2: Start your online application

To start your application, complete the postgraduate application form. Ensure you read all the instructions carefully.

When on the screen ‘Create New Application’, select:

  • ‘Academic Career’ – Postgraduate Research
  • ‘Program Description’ – PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate
  • ‘Step 3’ of the online application form asks for your Proposed Research Supervisor. You can indicate up to three supervisors here; one in the box ‘Proposed Research Supervisor’ and up to two more in the ‘Further Information’ box. If you are not sure, leave this blank, you can decide on your supervisor at a later point.
  • ‘Step 8’ Funding. Please provide details of how you will funded for the duration of the four-year programme.

Step 3: Supporting documents

Your application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents. These are:

  • A supporting statement. This should summarise your motivation for PhD study, why you want to do this particular PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate in Manchester and what your longer terms career goals or plans are. In particular, include any research experience you have. If you have completed a research project during your undergraduate/master’s study, or have research work experience, please give a short description of the work you undertook including the following details:
    • the research problem;
    • your key findings;
    • techniques acquired and skills learned.

This information is especially important for applicants from overseas so that we can fully assess your practical background and experience alongside your academic qualifications. Failure to include this information may delay the processing of your application.

  • Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. References must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References should be accompanied by a Referee Report Form. Please ensure that your referees complete this form electronically and submit this with your application, or email it to
  • Certificates and transcripts from all your previous degrees.
  • Official English language transcript (IELTS or TOEFL).
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).

All supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form or, alternatively, can be sent directly to the Doctoral Academy Admissions Office. Your application can not be considered until all your supporting documents are supplied.


Step 4: English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

If your IELTS or TOEFL expires before the start of your programme, you will need to take another official English test before we can issue you with a CAS for your visa application. This is a requirement of UKVI.

For the majority of PhD/MPhil applicants, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90. Some programmes require overall IELTS 7.0 and in each component, please check the subject listings page.

Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components or 22 in TOEFL (iBT). For the writing component in IELTS we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0.

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

Please contact us at for further information.


Step 5: Acknowledgement and notification

Once submitted you will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received. Once all your supporting documents have been received your application will be reviewed by the relevant admission tutor and the proposed supervisor(s).

You will be kept informed of the progress of your application throughout the application procedure. If appropriate, you will be invited for an interview either in person or via Skype.

Please note: If you are made an offer, you may need to apply for an ATAS certificate before applying for your visa. For more information see Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).