Research Degrees in

Cognitive and Motor Function

in the Faculty of Science & Engineering

School of Healthcare Science

Research is available at the School of Healthcare Science.

The School encourages excellence in scholarship and research and has invested heavily in infrastructure providing state of the art laboratory accommodation in the John Dalton Tower. Research  is organised within the Healthcare Science Research Institute (HSRI) where scientists work on diseases such as stroke, diabetes and infectious diseases as well as on measures to ensure healthy living such as diet and exercise. The internationally renowned Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health (IRM) studies human movement from the molecular and cellular level to the biomechanical level and has an interest in healthy ageing and improvement of health through exercise. We also have a highly active microbiology research group led by Professor Jo Verran, a National Teaching Fellow, including the Microbiological Services group (In the Loop) providing a variety of services to research and industry.

The Manchester Institute of Healthcare Science is the Clinical Academic Network for the School and is led by a Consultant Clinical Scientist, Professor Keith Hyde. The Institute provides a home for all of our NHS and healthcare industry facing activities such as CPD and clinical placement.


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
For queries, please contact:

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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