What will I learn?

Programme description

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

As a postgraduate research student in medical microbiology, you will be based in the Microbiology, Biofilm and Microbiome Research Group.

While there is some flexibility in research themes, we generally offer projects involving the study of one or more of the following topics:

  • microbial pathogenicity and infection
  • in vitro modelling
  • probiotics
  • antibiotic or microbicide resistance/susceptibility
  • human microbiome
  • interactions between bacteria and eukaryotic cell systems.

As well as providing research experience in applied microbiological techniques, we work with collaborators both within the University and, where appropriate, externally to give you valuable experience in methods including confocal microscopy, metabolomics, next generation sequencing, transcriptomics and proteomics.

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 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.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Which department am I in?

The University of Manchester

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Standard £24,500, Low £25,500, Medium £32,500, High £37,500
Start date

September 2021


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

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 Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.