PhD Wellcome Trust - Molecular and Cell Biology / Programme details

Year of entry: 2019

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 .


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: