Molecular Biology 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.
- 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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Molecular biology is fundamental to almost all research that studies microbial, animal and plant systems.
Many research groups at Manchester are concerned with clinically related subjects including cancer, embryology, development, movement disorders, arthritis, bacterial pathogenesis, tissue injury and its repair.
The unifying theme examines how genes are expressed and how they interact with other molecules to exert a biological effect.
Fundamental studies of the mechanisms that control gene expression involve investigation of transcriptional and post-transcriptional events.
Likewise, the study of cellular processes formulates an understanding of the roles of genes in effecting cellular mechanisms and organisation in living systems.
In vitro and in vivo investigations exploit state-of-the-art technologies to visualise the activity of genes and gene products in real time.
Model organisms such as C. elegans, mice, Drosophila and Arabidopsis are also used to understand the biological function of individual genes. Gene discovery is closely linked with our strengths in Bioinformatics.
Examples of the breadth and diversity of molecular biology research at Manchester include:
- transcription factors and signal transduction;
- RNA processing;
- apoptosis and cell fate;
- molecular basis of inherited diseases;
- cell and tissue morphogenesis;
- cytoplasmic inheritance;
- transgenic technologies;
- biological clocks.
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
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Use our database to find a research project by subject area, supervisor or funding type.
Find out about the research community, facilities and training delivered by our Doctoral Academy.