PhD Studentships 2017 - Now Closed

Applications Close 30 November 2016

We have 6 projects on offer in 2017 spanning the whole spectrum of cancer research in the following CRUK Manchester Institute groups:

  • Cancer Inflammation and Immunity
  • Cell Division
  • Leukaemia Biology
  • Molecular Oncology
  • RNA and Computational Biology
  • Systems Oncology

Applications are invited from exceptionally high calibre students – recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have, or are expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree and who are highly committed to pursuing a PhD in cancer research.

Studentships are fully funded for 4 years commencing October 2017. Cancer Research UK sponsorship includes generous stipend, tuition and bench fees. Students trained within our research groups will matriculate from the University of Manchester.

Funding Support for EU Students

European Union students applying for further education at an English University or institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for home fee status which means they are the same tuition fees as UK students. This government decision means that students eligibility will not change from the same funding and support currently received and moreover, that this will continue throughout the course duration, even if the UK exits the European Union during the registration and programme period. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way. For further information on funding support for EU students please visit

A PhD should be an exciting and stimulating time. For many, it is the first step into a career in a research, and the first opportunity to say something truly novel about the world around them. We are looking for talented and motivated graduates with backgrounds in biological sciences, mathematics, computer science and/or chemistry interested in pursuing scientific research careers. Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have, or are expected to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent from any recognised University. Previous laboratory experience is not a requirement for acceptance to the PhD programme, however such experience will clearly give a realistic insight into academic research. As well as benefitting from dynamic and interactive research environment, graduate students will also have access to outstanding facilities within the Institute.

Our Cancer Research UK core funded PhD studentships are of 4 years duration and tuition, bench and stipend fees are covered for the duration of the study period.  Studentships are advertised annually (usually beginning of October) on our website, New Scientist, Nature and with interviews being held in January.   Students start their PhD the following September registering with the University of Manchester.  On occasions, we do not fill all our available studentships in one interview round, and in this event, we will re-advertise any remaining vacancies in March/April.

If students have their own funding (stipend, tuition, bench & living fees) for the duration of their studies, then we welcome applications made via the University of Manchester website at for consideration.  The academic admission criteria remains as above [obtained a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent from any recognised University] as excellence is our main objective.

We are committed to training the next generation of cancer research scientists, helping launch careers in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. Postgraduate students enjoy a supportive environment, a challenging project and, together with tailored training in transferable and generic skills, development as independent scientists with excellent career prospects will ensue. 

Our students benefit from:

  • Access to world-class facilities, including deep sequencing, microarrays, mass-spectrometry, advanced imaging, histology, GCLP labs and flow cytometry.
  • Core funding by Cancer Research UK, the largest independent cancer research charity in the world.
  • A generous stipend of £19,000 per year (tax & NI free).
  • Group leaders focused only on research and postgraduate training.
  • Working alongside over 300 postdoctoral scientists, clinical fellows, scientific officers, administrative and technical staff, postgraduate research students and visiting fellows.
  • Being at the heart of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a partnership that brings together the expertise, vision and resources of its founding partners: The University of Manchester, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK – all of which have formidable individual reputations in the fields of cancer treatment and basic and clinical research.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Tutor at: