Medical Genetics Overview
Year of entry: 2017
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- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- 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.
- Contact email
- Contact telephone
- +44 (0)161 275 5608
- How to apply
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.
April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017
September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017
April 2017 - submission in January 2017
September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017
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The field of genomic medicine integrates basic and clinical research. At a genetic level, the aim is to identify the genetic basis of both single gene and complex disorders.
This includes studying the normal role of the genes and proteins that have been identified, as well as understanding the functional consequences of pathogenic genetic variants.
Ultimately, the aim is to translate this research knowledge into healthcare benefits, including improved diagnosis and management, as well as, ultimately, into new treatment methods for the conditions investigated.
The University of Manchester has internationally-recognised expertise in several areas of genomic medicine that include the following.
- Biochemical genetics: Diagnosis, research and development of treatments of a range of metabolic and lysosomal diseases, including mucopolysaccharide diseases.
- Developmental genetics: The main aim is to understand the cellular and molecular processes behind both normal development and genetic disease and to improve diagnosis and management of human genetic disorders and birth defects. A major focus is on the genetic basis of visual impairment.
- Health services research in genetics: Qualitative and quantitative programmes focused around the evaluation of genetics clinical services and the psychosocial impact of genetic disease.
- Common disease genetics: Includes research into the inherited forms of cancer and pharmacogenetics
- Neurogenetics: Includes conditions encountered in paediatric neurogenetic practice, with the aim of improving the diagnosis, management and, ultimately, treatment of these disorders. Particular expertise has been developed in the study of Aicardi-Goutières syndrome.
State-of-the-art genomic technologies including exam and genome sequencing are employed in the centre to facilitate the work.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
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Find out about the research community, facilities and training delivered by our Doctoral Academy.