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Biological Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The School of Chemistry in Manchester is internationally competitive across a broad range of topics at the chemistry-biology interface. Biocatalysis uses natural catalysts, such as enzymes, to carry out chemical transformations. Biosynthesis is the production of complex compounds in living organisms. 

Synthetic biology creates biological devices for useful purposes. Metabolomics and Proteomics are the study of chemical processes involving metabolites in cells, and of the structure and function of proteins, respectively. Computational modelling and simulation over a range of scales provides fundamental information about biomolecules. 

Research in chemical biology helps improve Life and Health, enhances Sustainability and provides solutions to problems related to Energy and Environment.

Many of the investigators in chemical biology are located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), which provides state-of-the art facilities and an excellent environment for interdisciplinary research collaborations with investigators in other Schools and Faculties. 

Research is enhanced by centres of excellence such as the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (MCFSB), the Michael Barber Centre for Mass Spectrometry (MBCMS), the Centre for Chemical Intervention in Biology and Medicine (CCIBM)and the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3), the latter in particular involving strong interactions with industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological chemistry and organic synthesis, 
  • Computational and theoretical chemistry, 
  • Materials chemistry (inorganic and polymer), 
  • Magnetic resonance and structural chemistry, 
  • Radiochemistry and environmental chemistry and nanoscience. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • UK/EU students (per annum): Base rate £4,195; Band C £8,250; Band D £10,500 
  • International students (per annum): Base rate £23,000; With consumables £24,000

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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