4 Year PhD Studentships 2017 

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.

RNA and Computational Biology Group - Applying High Performance Computing to the Cancer Genome

  • Applications Close Thursday 13 April 2017 (2400 hrs GMT) - CLOSED
  • Interviews: Friday 28 April 2017

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.  While a background in biology is useful, the project is computational in nature and excellent scientists from a computational background who are keen to develop a better understanding of cancer are encouraged to apply.  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Crispin Miller - crispin.miller@cruk.manchester.ac.uk

Molecular Oncology Group - Elucidating the role of p53 in melanoma

  • Applications Close Friday May 5 2017 (2400 hrs GMT)
  • Apply now

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health has established a funded PhD programme in conjunction with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.  Further information can be found at https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/funded-programmes/weizmann-studentships/. This programme offers the opportunity to undertake a PhD project where years one and four are spent at CRUK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor Richard Marais and years two and three take place in Israel under the supervision of Professor Moshe Oren. The project is available for entry in September 2017.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Applicants for these studentships must be from the UK or EU and should hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper-second undergraduate degree in a related subject area.

The funding covers fees and living costs for four years.

Informal enquires may be made to the Manchester supervisor. You should apply online.  For further information on the required documents to include with your application, see How to Apply.

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 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-support-for-eu-students

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 findaphd.com 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 you have secured your own funding (stipend, tuition, bench & living fees) to undertake and support a PhD degree and you are interested in study with a supervisor based at the CRUK Manchester Institute, you can submit an application directly to the University of Manchester for consideration; https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/   Your application should clearly state how you intend to fund your studies for the duration, and include supporting documentation.  You will need to select "PhD Cancer Sciences" as the programme description on the application form.  Please note, regardless of funding, the CRUK Manchester Institute PhD academic admission criteria remains as above [a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent from any recognised University].

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: pgt@cruk.manchester.ac.uk.