PhD/MPhil Stem Cell Research / Programme details

Year of entry: 2023

Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Stem Cell Research programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Stem Cell Research.

Stem cells falls within our vibrant Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network (MaRMN ) comprising academics and clinicians across the University and adjacent hospitals dedicated to carrying out world class research focussed on regeneration and repair of tissues, and developing new therapeutics. Stem cells biology is an important part of this research area. The MarMN is working to facilitate research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology from bench to bedside

Those working in the area of tissue regeneration, combining tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, are developing living cell-based biological approaches to aid the repair and regeneration of damaged and diseased tissues.

This is a strongly interdisciplinary field of research that combines the skills of cell, molecular and matrix biologists with expertise in other areas including that from material, engineering and physical scientists at the University and with clinical and surgical specialists in the NHS.

MarMN scientists are investigating basic cellular mechanisms that regulate cell fate and devising therapeutic protocols to exploit cells for replacing injured or defective tissues (pre-clinical and clinical trials are underway). MarMN draws on major interdisciplinary strengths in stem and progenitor cell research together with gene therapy.

Network members have expertise in the isolation and differentiation of stem and progenitor cells from adults and preimplantation human embryos, as well as in reprogramming of somatic cells to more naïve fates, including induced pluripotent stem cells both in vitro and in vivo. Interdisciplinary collaborative research includes the use of novel tracking strategies, 3D printing and novel materials, and biophysical approaches.

Research in stem and progenitor cell biology is being applied to a number of major clinical targets, including neurodegenerative diseases, disorders of soft and hard connective tissues, diabetes and chronic tissue injury and repair. Disease modeling in vitro, including gene editing, is an increasing area of strength.

We also have innovative programmes that are investigating the relationship between stem cells and cancer.

Special features

Training and development

All of our postgraduate researchers attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Researcher Development team . The programme provides key transferable skills and equips our postgraduate researchers 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.

Teaching and learning

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.

International applicants interested in this research area can also consider our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .

This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.

Scholarships and bursaries

Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants from within the UK and overseas. 

For more information on available the types of funding we have available, please visit the  funded programmes  and  funding opportunities  pages.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to undertake a postgraduate research degree at Manchester on the Doctoral Academy Blog and the support available through our Faculty Doctoral Academy.

Facilities

You will have access to a range of  research and learning facilities  across the University and at some of our partner organisations.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk