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Important Dates for Your Diary

  • Friday 7 June 2019 - Applications Close, 1700 hours GMT
  • Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 June 2019 - Pre-skype interviews with Group Leader
  • Thursday 20 - Friday 21 June 2019 - Selected candidates invited for interview
  • Tuesday 2 July 2019 - Face to Face interviews, Alderley Park, Cheshire
  • Friday 28 June 2019 - If you have not been contacted by this date your application has not been successful on this occasion
  • Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 July 2019 - Interviewees informed of final selection and outcome
  • Monday 15 July 2019 - Deadline for successful candidate to make their PhD application to the University of Manchester
  • 1 - 30 September 2019 - University of Manchester PhD registration
  • 1 October 2019 - PhD commencement date

Shortlisting Process

The shortlisting process will begin following application closure, and selected candidates may be invited to participate in a pre-selection Skype or Facetime interview. Please create such an account and give details on the application form so we can contact you if you are selected. This pre-selection interview will be a short 5-10 minute discussion and you will be contacted via email beforehand to set up a suitable date and time for this to take place. It is expected this process will take up to two weeks to complete.

Following pre-Skype, candidates successfully shortlisted for face to face interview will be contacted via email. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to answer individual emails regarding shortlisting. If you have not been contacted within four weeks after the application deadline, then your application has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Interviewees must be available for interview on the given date and time, and will be expected to attend in person. Exceptional circumstances will be considered, for example visa application or restrictions.

General Overview of the Interview Process

During the interview, we aim not only to find the best candidates, but also to help potential students to find out more about the Institute, our supervisors, and the projects on offer. We feel strongly that interviews should be a two way process as a successful PhD is forged through a good match between student, project, and supervisor.

Time is scheduled to talk to the potential supervisor, and there is also ample opportunity to chat to some of our graduate students and research fellows. As part of the interview process, candidates are asked to present a short critique (10 minutes plus minutes for questions) of a selected research paper. We ask for a review of a research paper because we feel that this allows all candidates to have an equal opportunity, irrespective of their academic background and laboratory experience to showcase their enthusiasm around a subject area. Our aim is to assess whether you think deeply about your science, can communicate it, and if you have a passion for the subject. Shortlisted candidates will be forwarded a selection of recent papers from which only one must be chosen to critique. Selected papers will be sent upon interview acceptance.

You will undergo an interview by a small panel of group leaders and members of our Education Committee.

Following day one, some candidates may be invited to return and visit individual labs on day two to have further discussions with lab members or the group leader. This does not indicate that you have been successful, but simply that further time is required before a decision can be made. Similarly, if you are not invited back on day two, this is not indicative that you have been unsuccessful.