2021 PhD Application Deadlines and Processes
- Please complete all sections of the application form in full
- Applications must be submitted through our student recruitment portal system
- Applications will close at 1700 hrs GMT on Friday 8 January 2021
- Once your application has been submitted no amendments/adjustments can be made
- Late applications will not be accepted
- Interviews 9th and 12th February 2021
Click here to submit your application.
The safety and health of our staff and students is paramount during the current pandemic and we will therefore be holding all PhD interview processes via zoom regardless of your current location.
Important Dates for Your Diary
Applications Close, 1700 hours, GMT
- MONDAY 11 - TUESDAY 26 JANUARY 2021
Stage 1. Selected candidates will be contacted by email and invited to undergo pre-selection
skype/zoom interview with recruiting Group Leader
- THURSDAY 28 - 31 JANUARY 2021
Stage 2. Successful pre-selection candidates will be contacted by email and
invited for interview (virtual)
- TUESDAY 9 AND FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY
Virtual Interviews with Group Leaders and Education Committee members
If you have not been contacted by this date unfortunately your application has not been
successful on this occasion
- TUESDAY 9 - TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2021
Interviewees informed of interview outcome
Deadline for successful candidate to make their PhD application to the
University of Manchester
University of Manchester PhD registration
PhD commencement date
The shortlisting process will begin following application closure, and selected candidates may be invited to participate in a pre-selection skype/zoom interview. This pre-selection interview will be for 15-30 minutes formatted as either a discussion or a short review of a recent scientific publication (abstract/letter) between yourself and the recruiting Group Leader. You will be contacted via email beforehand to set up a convenient date and time for this to take place. It is expected this process will take up to two weeks to complete. You may be contacted by more than one recruiting group leader.
If you successfully reach the next stage of the interview process, you will be invited to a zoom interview on either Tuesday 9th or Friday 12th February 2021.
Stage 3 - Interview (virtual)
Successful candidates will be contacted and invited to attend a zoom interview with the recruiting group leaders and members of the Education Committee via zoom.
As part of the interview process, candidates are asked to present a short critique (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for audience questions) on a pre-selected research paper which will be forwarded by email approximately 1-2 weeks before the interview. This will be to an audience consisting of recruiting group leaders and members of our Education Committee. Candidates will not be present at each other's presentations.
We ask for a review of a research paper because we feel that this allows all candidates to have an equal opportunity, irrespective of their academic background and laboratory experience to showcase their enthusiasm around a subject area. Our aim is to assess whether you think deeply about your science, can communicate it, and if you have a passion for the subject. Shortlisted candidates will be forwarded a selection of recent papers from which only one must be chosen to critique. Selected papers will be sent upon interview acceptance.
During the course of the interview day on 9th and 12th February, candidates will be given a virtual tour of the recruiting group leader's lab with some of our current students and have a chat over coffee with lab members. Time is scheduled for 1:1 interviews with the research group leaders and there will be an opportunity to chat to some of our graduate students and research fellows over the virtual lunchtime period. There may also be an opportunity to meet with your 2nd or 3rd choice project group leaders during this process. You will undergo a 20 minute 1:1 interview with one/two members of our Education Committee, who represent the welfare of students within the CRUK Manchester Institute. This will be a formal interview on your current, previous and academic experience.
Successful candidates will be contacted within 1-2 days post-interview with an offer. We appreciate your response as soon as possible, we may have candidates in reserve who will be offered a position if you are unable to accept. Unsuccessful candidates will be contacted as soon as possible with constructive written feedback.
Given the number of applications we receive, it is not feasible to provide application status or feedback to those candidates who have not reached stage 1 of the interview process.