PhD Applications now OPEN

4 Year PhD Studentships for commencement Autumn 2020

Application Closing Date:       Friday 3 January 2020, 2100 hrs GMT

Interview Date:                         Tuesday 18 February 2020, Alderley Park, Cheshire

PhD Commences:                    1 October 2020

Make your online application here 

We have seven projects on offer spanning the whole spectrum of cancer research at the CRUK Manchester Institute for commencement September 2020.  Applications are invited from exceptionally high calibre students, 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.

Make your online application here.  You will have the option on your application form to list a maximum of three projects from those available below. Please list in preferential order, 1) being your first project of choice.  It is not compulsory to list three projects, therefore list only those that are of potential interest.

The CRUK Manchester Institute has relocated temporarily to Alderley Park, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, SK10 4TG in Cheshire until such time as our research facilities are re-established on our former site in Withington, Manchester following the fire in April 2017.  The relocation has afforded new opportunities to the Institute, whilst ensuring that we retain our close links to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust as these are critical to our aims of improving the outcomes for cancer patients through research.

Applicants for our funded studentships are open to UK, EU and International students who should hold, or be expected to graduate with a first or minimum upper-second undergraduate degree in a related subject area from a recognised University establishment.  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.  A Master's degree is not a conditional requirement in making an application.

International students who are successful at interview and are offered one of our studentships will have their tuition fees and stipend covered for the duration of the studentship.  However, the University of Manchester's Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health has a limited number of awards they can offer to outstanding international research candidates for partial funding support and to top up the studentship either through the President's Doctoral Scholar Recognition AwardPresident’s Doctoral Scholar Award or through a Doctoral Academy Research scholarship and we would encourage you to apply  To be eligible to apply to any of the awards, you must be in receipt of an offer from the CRUK Manchester Institute and fulfill all other eligibility criteria.

Applicants from outside the UK will often need to meet specific English language requirements in order to be able to study at The University of Manchester. The UK’s Home Office requires that every student from outside the UK and the European Union (EU) must show evidence of a minimum level of English language (called B2 level) in order to be granted a UK visa ('Tier 4' visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Minimum entry criteria means you must have gained a minimum overall score of 6.5 (and not <5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing). For further information on English Language admission criteria please visit

It is not mandatory to provide documentation relating to your English Language skills during the application process. However, if you are offered a studentship, you will be required to provide such documentation in advance of University registration.

If you are an International student and have completed or about to complete your undergraduate or Master's degree in a predominantly English speaking country, then an IELTS certificate is not required for University registration.

Brexit & EU Students

The EU Referendum and PhD Applications for 2020/21

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute is a proud to be a diverse, open, and global institution. Our priority, and that of the University of Manchester, is to support our current students and welcome new ones from Europe and other continents - we encourage students of all nationalities to apply for the programme.

The UK Government's Universities Minister announced in May 2019 that all EU students starting University in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England.  For further information on supporting EU students, please visit the Government webpages here

Non-EU/international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way. For further information on fee eligibility please visit

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Tutor at: