Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Science & Engineering
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in the areas of Musculoskeletal Science you will:
We can supervise a wide range of projects within the field of Musculoskeletal Science. Particular specialist areas include:
Our research excellence lies in investigating clinical movement disorders and neuromuscular and skeletal ageing. We pride ourselves on our collaborative research, which crosses disciplines and institutions: biomechanists and physiologists collaborate to develop healthcare apps; physiologists work with psychologists to determine markers of healthy ageing; and motor cognition experts join with clinicians to develop rehabilitation interventions.
We have a particular interest in sports medicine, which is enhanced by our location in the North West, a major sporting destination. Manchester is home to two of the nation’s most successful football teams, who have topped the Premier League 15 times in the last 25 years. The UK’s National Football Museum is based in Manchester, as are major sporting companies and major national organisations.
Postgraduate researchers are a core part of our research environment. You will be a member of our exciting new Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine research centre, which has three primary themes: movement impairment; musculoskeletal function in health and ageing; sports medicine and elite performance. This new centre is committed to developing innovative research projects and strategic partnerships in Manchester and beyond.
You will also benefit from a wide range of academic and industry events held at Manchester Met, including a Postgraduate Annual Symposium run by the Faculty of Science and Engineering for postgraduate researchers.
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January, April and July.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
You will develop higher-level technical and research skills, which equip you to pursue careers in academia, the clinical professions, national and international government organisations, the pharmaceutical industries, and biotechnology companies.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Please refer to our Fees page for more information on tuition fees.
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Musculoskeletal Science are advertised on our site.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Fiona Wilkinson, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the Department of Life Sciences.
For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 2966
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.
Please note: The list of programmes on the 'Apply now' page uses the legacy heading 'Cognitive and Motor Function'. This is an internal heading used in our Admissions system.