Manchester Cancer Research Centre PhD training and fellowship scheme


We offer a range of clinical and non-clinical PhD projects via our CRUK Centre and CRUK Institute:

Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre PhD Scheme is highly competitive. It seeks ambitious, motivated students and clinical fellows who aim to launch and develop a career in world leading cancer research.

Applications are now open for the Centre-funded Non-clinical Studentships and Clinical Research Training Fellowship schemes. You can find a list of projects on the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre website

The deadline for the majority of applications has now passed.

Additional projects will be advertised throughout 2020 and early 2021, with projected start dates of October 2021.

Cancer Research UK Manchester-Leeds Centre Clinical Research Training Fellowships provide prestigious research training to clinicians with a specialist interest in academic pathology and clinical trials, as part of our new strategic partnership with the University of Leeds

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre, in partnership with the School of Medical Sciences at The University of Manchester, is offering Medical School students an exciting new opportunity to complete a fully-funded, cancer sciences PhD. Our MB-PhD programme will train the next generation of clinical scientists and will offer world-leading mentorship and support. 

We now offer radiographer Allied Health Professionals the chance to complete a Research Radiographer PhD as part of our CRUK Manchester RadNet AHP Academy.  

For further details on how to apply for MB-PhD and CRUK Major Centre PhD proectsprojects, please visit the CRUK Manchester Centre website

To learn more, please contact Dr Georgina Binnie, MB-PhD Administrator Recruitment and Training Officer at 



Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (CRUK MI) offers Cancer Research UK core funded four-year PhD studentships annually.

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute is a world-leading cancer centre of excellence within The University of Manchester, core funded by Cancer Research UK, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world. The Institute offers exceptional laboratory facilities underpinned by outstanding core facilities including next generation sequencing, real-time PCR, mass spectrometry, histology, advanced imaging and biological resources unit. Our research programmes span the whole spectrum of cancer research from the molecular and cellular basis of cancer through to those focused on translational research, drug discovery and clinical trials. We are partnered with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe which provides a critical link to our mission of improving patient care through translational research. These unrivalled factors combined, provide an exceptional opportunity and environment in which to pursue a PhD.

Core funded studentships are advertised annually approximately one year in advance of academic registration, in September or October. For further details please visit the CRUK MI Education pages.

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester offers PhD projects in all other aspects of cancer research. Current vacancies can be found through