PhD/MPhil Clinical Sciences

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
3 -4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
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 a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
See full guidance on how to choose a project and submit an application on our website .  You should then complete the online application form to apply for this programme.   Ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, or this may delay the processing of your application.

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for Home, 12 weeks for overseas including EU).  We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

Application deadlines

Home applicants:

September entry - apply by 15 July

January entry - apply by 15 November

April entry - apply by 15 February

Overseas (including EU nationals) applicants:

September entry - apply by 1 st week of June

January entry - apply by 1 st week of October

April entry - apply by 1 st week of January

Programme options

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

Programme overview

  • Learn from some of Europe's leading researchers while undertaking your own project.
  • Access some of the best research facilities in the world at both the University and in hospitals around Greater Manchester.
  • Undergo training in transferable skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals through the Doctoral Academy's training programme.
  • Conduct research at a university ranked 6th in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • 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 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

    • PhD (full-time)
      UK students (per annum): Standard £4,500, Low £9,250, Medium £16,500, High £21,500
      International, including EU, students (per annum): Standard £24,500, Low £25,500, Medium £32,500, High £37,500
    • PhD (part-time)
      UK students (per annum): Standard TBC, Low £4,500, Medium £8,000, High £10,500
      International, including EU, students (per annum): Standard £12,250, Low £12,750?, Medium £16,250, High £18,750?

    Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

    Contact details

    School/Faculty
    Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
    Contact name
    Admissions
    Telephone
    +44 (0)161 275 5608
    Email
    Website
    https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/
    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 a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

    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

    See full guidance on how to choose a project and submit an application on our website .  You should then complete the online application form to apply for this programme.   Ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, or this may delay the processing of your application.

    Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for Home, 12 weeks for overseas including EU).  We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

    Application deadlines

    Home applicants:

    September entry - apply by 15 July

    January entry - apply by 15 November

    April entry - apply by 15 February

    Overseas (including EU nationals) applicants:

    September entry - apply by 1 st week of June

    January entry - apply by 1 st week of October

    April entry - apply by 1 st week of January

    Advice to applicants

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

    About the personal statement  

    We recommend that your personal statement summarises:

    • your motivation for postgraduate research study;
    • why you want to do a postgraduate research degree in Manchester;
    • your career development to date;
    • your future career plans;
    • any research experience and your interests;
    • other supporting information: recent publications if any or other research training and experience.

    If you have completed a research project during your undergraduate/master's study, please give a short description of the work you undertook, including the following details:

    • the research problem
    • your key findings
    • techniques acquired and skills learned.

    This information is especially important for applicants from overseas, so we can fully assess your practical background and experience alongside your academic qualifications. Failure to include this information may delay the processing of your application.

    See further guidance on how to choose a project and submit an application on our website .

    Interview requirements

    Candidates will be required to attend an interview with their prospective supervisor as well as a Postgraduate Tutor. If it is not possible for you to attend in person, we are able to interview by Skype/video conferencing.

    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.

    Re-applications

    If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard programme entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen programme.

    Programme details

    Programme description

    Our PhD/MPhil Clinical Sciences programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Clinical Sciences.

    We work at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine, and employ state-of-the-art laboratory methods in a concerted effort to advance understanding of the molecular basis of human disease, promote the discovery and validation of biomarkers, support the development of therapeutics, and assist the translation of biomedical discoveries. Our multidisciplinary group comprises analysts, biochemists, biologists, microbiologists, and clinicians.

     

    Special features

      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.

    Teaching and learning

    PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one year (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 the International  PhD programme with 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 (including EU nationals).

    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 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.