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International PhD students at Manchester

International PhD students

The University has an international reputation for research excellence in the biological, medical and health sciences, making Manchester the best place to start or continue your career in research.

The Faculty has a large international student community and we will help make your transition to Manchester as smooth as possible.

As well as the outstanding support we offer to all of our research students, we have a number of schemes in place to support international students within the Faculty, both before you arrive in Manchester and throughout your postgraduate research studies.

PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate

If you are interested in doing a PhD project in biological, medical or health sciences while also developing your teaching skills find out more about our four year PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate.

Orientation programme

The University operates an orientation programme over four days in the week ahead of registration. Check the orientation pages to make sure you are aware of dates so that you can plan your arrival.

Induction week

We will meet with all new international students during your induction activities. You will be invited to a special event to welcome you, hosted by the Lead for International Postgraduate Students.

Postgraduate and international societies

The Faculty Postgraduate Society organises social and academic events throughout the year. The Society makes sure that events are suitable for our international students, and has a dedicated International Representative serving on Postgraduate Committees.

The University also has a wide range of activities organised by the International Society, which has over 3,000 members from over 150 countries worldwide.

English language courses

The University Language Centre offers language courses to suit all levels, including pre- and in-sessional English courses.

The city of Manchester

Find out about the city of Manchester and its multicultural atmosphere.

Arunkumar Sundaram, PhD Biochemistry alumnus from Malaysia

"My PhD trained me to become an independent scientist with knowledge, skills and contacts around the world. My scientific publication from my PhD has opened door to continue research at Yale in the US. One or two reasonable publications will allow a research student to continue postdoctoral training in the area of their research interest in a reputed institution."

Arunkumar Sundaram / PhD Biochemistry alumnus from Malaysia