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Cell Matrix Research MPhil

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Degree awarded
12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

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

Programme description

The MPhil is a one-year research degree where students get the opportunity to study a specific research project. The MPhil degree can act as a stand-alone degree for applicants who would like to gain experience in a specific area, or can be linked to a PhD programme. Rather than register on a direct entry 3 or 4 year PhD, some postgraduates may first register on a one-year MPhil programme. Subsequently students may then wish to transfer on to a full PhD programme with a further 2 or 3 years of study.

The molecular mechanisms that determine survival, differentiation and movement in multicellular organisms are dependent on interactions with the extracellular matrix (ECM). Cells in tissues are structurally and functionally integrated with their surrounding ECM via numerous dynamic connections. On the intracellular face of these linkages, adhesion receptors tether the contractile cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane and compartmentalise cytoplasmic signalling events, while at the extracellular face, the same receptors direct the deposition of the ECM itself. Such membrane-proximal functions in turn trigger distal processes, such as alterations in the direction of cell movement and the regulation of cell fate, and the construction of ECM networks and consequent shaping of higher order tissue structure. An understanding of the molecular events that underpin ECM function would therefore help elucidate some of the key organising principles of multicellular life.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £6,800, Medium £13,450, High £18,450
    International students (per annum): Standard £18,000, Low £20,100, Medium £25,100, High £30,300
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £3,350, Medium £6,500, High £9,050
    International students (per annum): Standard £9,000, Low £10,050, Medium £12,550, High £15,150

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5608
+44 (0)161 275 5657

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty of Life Sciences.

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