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Wellcome Trust Molecular and Cell Biology
PhD Wellcome Trust - Molecular and Cell Biology
Undertake your postgraduate training in a world leading research environment supported by the Wellcome Trust.

PhD Wellcome Trust - Molecular and Cell Biology

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
4 years PhD option only
Entry requirements
We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to this funded PhD programme.  As competition is tough, many of our applicants hold a first-class undergraduate degree and a Masters-level qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

We accept applications each year from around October-November for entry the following September.  Details on how to apply can be found on the Wellcome Trust programme website .  You should follow the guidance carefully on how to make an online application.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y N N N

Programme overview

  • Fully-funded flagship PhD Programme
  • Bespoke training and transferable skills development
  • Opportunity to undertake project rotations
  • Conduct research at a university ranked 7th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what undertaking postgraduate research at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,327, Low £8,750, Medium £15,500, High £20,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £23,000, Low £24,000, Medium £30,500, High £35,500

Scholarships/sponsorships

This is a fully-funded programme supported by the Wellcome Trust and is open to UK/EU candidates.  We can consider outstanding overseas applicants, please contact us for more information.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Doctoral Academy
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5608
Email
Website
http://www.wtmcb.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to this funded PhD programme.  As competition is tough, many of our applicants hold a first-class undergraduate degree and a Masters-level qualification.

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you  must  supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

If your IELTS or TOEFL expires before the start of your programme, you will need to take another official English test before we can issue you with a CAS for your visa application. This is a requirement of UKVI.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components or 22 in TOEFL (iBT). For the  writing component  in IELTS we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0.

For more information about English language tests see  English language requirements .

Please contact us at  admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk  for further information.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

We accept applications each year from around October-November for entry the following September.  Details on how to apply can be found on the Wellcome Trust programme website .  You should follow the guidance carefully on how to make an online application.

Advice to applicants

In addition to the formal online application, candidates should send all supporting documents (CV, transcripts, certificates, English language ability (if applicable), references and a personal statement).

About the personal statement  

Please provide a document of a 1000 words maximum describing why you wish to take a four year PhD programme and outlining any previous research-related experience you may already have (industrial year, final year Honours project, etc). Include any other information you consider relevant to your application.

Interview requirements

We hold a series of interview days in January each year.  Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview either in person or by Skype if you are not currently in the UK. 

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Depending on the project you undertake, you may be required to undertake DBS screening.  We will notify of you this requirement if appropriate.

Programme details

Programme description

The PhD Programme is based on four interlinked themes that form a logical progression in understanding the synthesis, function and outputs of cellular networks during development and disease states:

  • Cellular Dynamics and Proteostasis
  • Dynamic Signalling Systems
  • Global Gene Regulatory Networks
  • Cellular Mechanisms of Disease

See our website for more information about the programme structure.

Special features

Training and development

This Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme provides students with the opportunity to experience a range of different research topics, supervisors and laboratory environments, before choosing their final PhD topic.

There is a specific schedule of training, social and residential activities for each cohort of students joining the programme.

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.

Teaching and learning

The programme is based around laboratory project rotations in the first year, followed by individual research projects working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Doctoral Academy Blog .

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

Careers

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate. Find out more on the Careers page.