A PhD should be an exciting and stimulating time. 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. As well as benefitting from dynamic and interactive research environment, graduate students will also have access to outstanding facilities within the Institute. Our fully funded PhD studentships are of four years' duration with full sponsorship covering tuition, bench, and stipend fees for the duration of the study period. Studentships are advertised annually (usually beginning of October) with interviews being held in January. Students register with The University of Manchester to commence their PhD the following September. Additional vacancies may be advertised throughout the year. University registration entry points are also available annually in January or April.
On the 26 April 2017 The Paterson Building, which housed most of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, suffered a major fire resulting in significant damage. We are striving to rebuild our world-class research facilities and we would like to make you aware that in the meantime, our studentships will either be at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) Building in South Manchester, which has excellent facilities to carry out research, or at the internationally-renowned life sciences campus at Alderley Park. After relocation we will return to our original site in Withington, Manchester, next to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (Wilmslow Road, M20 4BX).
Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have, or are expected to obtain a first or minimum of 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.
Applicants for our funded studentships are open to UK, EU and International students who should hold, or be about to obtain, a first or minimum upper-second undergraduate degree in a related subject area.
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 http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements/
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.
For further information on the required documents to include with your application, see How to Apply.
If you have secured your own funding (stipend, tuition, bench and 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 sponsorship and financial 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 and minimum level of English language qualification.
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.