PhD Studentships - Coming end of October 2016 for Autumn 2017 intake

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: