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Genomics (PhD)

Genomics Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Degree awarded
3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

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+44 (0)161 275 5608
How to apply

Apply online

On the online application form, select PhD or MPhil for this programme and follow the instructions on our How to Apply page.

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for home/EU, 12 weeks for overseas). We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

Home/EU applicants:

April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017

Overseas applicants:

April 2017 - submission in January 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Genomics is the study of genomes and their function. Ongoing developments in high-throughput experimental techniques such as next-generation sequencing are revolutionising genomic research.

These techniques allow us to rapidly sequence DNA and it is now feasible to sequence the genomes of many individuals from a population.

At the same time, high-throughput functional assays such as RNA-Seq allow us to identify all RNA products in cells or tissues, while epigenomic assays allow us to identify chromatin modifications.

The ability to collect all these different layers of data provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to understand how the genome encodes the function of cells, tissues and organisms.

The scale of datasets now routinely generated is staggering - not only are we sequencing the genomes of entire populations, we are also able to sequence DNA and RNA extracted from single cells in a tissue.

Genomics lies at the heart of many of our research programmes in biology, medicine and health. At Manchester, we are carrying out fundamental studies of biological function in model organisms with well-characterised genomes.

These genomic technologies are also used to help uncover the role of genetic variation in human subjects and in disease models. The widespread availability of human genomes, eg through the 100K Genomes Project in the UK, provides valuable new information that is relevant for population health studies.

Genomics PhD students are using genomic technologies and studying high-throughput data from these technologies to tackle major problems in biology, medicine and health research.  

About our PhD and MPhil degrees

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two 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.

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

See the training and development page for more information.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,195, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,098, Low £4,125, Medium £7,250, High £9,750
    International students (per annum): Standard £10,500, Low £11,500, Medium £14,250, High £16,750