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What will I learn?

Programme description

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

Microorganisms play pivotal roles in everyday life, from elemental cycling and the production of food to life-threatening infections of man and animals.

At Manchester, there are two main research topics - Molecular Bacteriology and Molecular Mycology.

Molecular Bacteriology is focused on studying bacterial pathogens of man and includes the following areas:

  • the role of bacterial polysaccharides and glycoconjugates in disease;
  • relationship between infection and gut flora;
  • structural biology of cell surface proteins in bacterial pathogens including their interaction with the immune system and implications for vaccine development;
  • adaptation of intracellular bacterial pathogens to life inside the cell;
  • development of novel approaches to combat antibiotic resistance;
  • mechanisms used by bacterial pathogens to handle transition metals and their role in host-pathogen interactions

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?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Start date

Expected September 2022


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need 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.