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University of Manchester: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

University of Manchester: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

A PhD in biological, medical or health sciences with a built-in accredited teaching certificate.

This special 4 year programme for international students gives you the opportunity to carry out independent research while gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and specialist training across a range of biological, medical and health sciences.

Why choose this programme?

  • Undertake a PhD project in an internationally recognised research environment.
  • Develop your teaching skills and gain a postgraduate certificate in higher education.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and research skills through taught courses.
  • Access support to develop your academic writing.
  • Broaden your research techniques and gain transferable skills.
  • Take courses in research methods in discipline-related topics.
  • Learn in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Gain a competitive edge for a career in Higher Education.
University of Manchester: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health


We have designed this programme to ensure our international doctoral graduates become future leaders in academia or their chosen career in biological, medical, or health sciences.

For a list of what you will study each year, see programme structure.

    The programme is made up of five elements:

    • Supervised PhD research project
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
    • Academic literacy programme
    • Optional master’s units
    • Skills and project training

Student support

Manchester is a city with a thriving international community and a history of transforming the world, and you can be a part of it!

As an international student you will benefit from an established support network. This includes international ambassadors who represent their home countries. You can contact them to ask any questions about living and studying in Manchester before you apply.

We can also provide a pre-arrival ‘buddy’ on request to give you guidance up to and around registration. Once you arrive there are plenty of social activities and peer support available through our friendly Doctoral Academy Graduate Society.

Our first cohort of postgraduate researchers started the PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate in 2016. We currently have students from Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Uganda, Chile and Egypt.

How to apply

Applications are now open for September 2020 entry

There is currently no deadline for applications to this programme, however we do recommend you apply as early as possible to ensure you receive full support in selecting the right project/supervisor.

There is no specific funding available for the programme, as it is expected that that majority of students will be supported by their employer or sponsor. We operate a funding scheme through our Doctoral Academy to support the most outstanding students with partial awards, information can be found on our funding pages.

Please see the application instructions here.

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