Biosciences (taught master's)

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Manchester to start your postgraduate degree with us.

We know you'll have lots of questions about preparing for your studies and what will happen once the semester starts. We'll be in touch with you about what you need to know closer to the start of the year.

This includes an email that we will send to you when you need to complete online introductory courses in areas such as health and safety as part of your induction programme. You can also look out for these courses when they are added to Blackboard, our online learning platform, after you have registered as a student.

You can take a look at general information about getting ready to come to Manchester at the links at the bottom of this page.


Welcome message from your PGT Director

I would like to give a warm welcome to you all as you begin your postgraduate programme.‌

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The University has a worldwide reputation based on high-quality teaching and research, and I am sure that your taught programme will provide an inspirational platform for your future career success.

Within the School, our goal is to create an environment that allows you to excel and reach your full potential. Offering access to first-class facilities and strong links with eminent researchers, commercial partners and regional health service providers, our postgraduate taught programmes are designed to meet the diverse needs of all our students.

The curriculum of our taught programmes provides the knowledge and skills you will need in your subject area, and all our master's programmes include an opportunity to carry out an independent research project on subjects spanning areas of life sciences and biomedical research from molecular to experimental biology and clinical medicine.

Students are at the heart of our teaching, and we have listened to current and past students, and incorporated their feedback to generate courses that we are extremely proud of.

Remember to make the most of the wide range of opportunities offered while you study and become part of the wider University community.

We are here to support you and wish you every success as you embark upon your taught programme, and develop your future career.

Wishing you all the best,

Professor Sarah Herrick
Director of Postgraduate Taught Education, School of Biological Sciences

Welcome message from your Student Experience Lead

Dr Jenny Metcalfe

I would like to welcome you to Manchester for your postgraduate taught course.

As the Student Experience Lead, I work with Student Representatives and Programme Directors to ensure we are doing the best we can to provide you with an engaging, stimulating, and challenging postgraduate education.

I would like to highlight some of the resources that you will have at your disposal as a postgraduate taught student at Manchester. To bolster your academic skills, you can attend workshops and access resources from the University Library's award-winning My Learning Essentials programme.

To assist with academic writing and building your scientific vocabulary, and to aid in improving English language skills if needed, you can access the University Language Centre.

When you are ready to prepare for the next stage of your career, you can access our Careers Service, for help with CVs, cover letters, interviews, and much more. Importantly, you can access the Careers Service for two years after your graduation, to aid in securing employment in your desired field. More information about these University services is available from the links on this page.

Finally, I wish you every success with your postgraduate taught programme and hope that you will find your time in Manchester enjoyable and rewarding.

Best wishes,

Dr Jenny Metcalfe
Student Experience Lead, Postgraduate Taught Education, School of Biological Sciences

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