Manchester Cancer Research Centre PhD training and fellowship scheme



Manchester Biomedical Research Centre PhD studentships

The NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) connects world-leading researchers based at The University of Manchester and three NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester, with a joint vision to drive forward the transformation of scientific breakthroughs into life-saving treatments and care for patients.

Duration and Stipend

The Studentships are of three years duration. 

The annual stipend is £18,000 per year. The Studentships also cover University PhD fees (UK/EU rates only) and running expenses will also be provided. Where international student fees are payable, please provide evidence with your application of how the shortfall will be covered (circa £16,000 per annum).

Eligibility Criteria

We invite applications from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. A related Master’s degree would be an advantage.

For applicants whose first language is not English, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.  If your IELTS or TOEFL expires before the start of your programme, you will need to take another official English test before we can issue you with a CAS for your visa application. This is a requirement of the UK Border Agency.  We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall [or TOEFL (paper) 577, TOEFL (internet) 90]. Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components, TOEFL (paper 527, internet 72).  

Application Process

Please formally apply by sending your CV, name and contact details for two referees and a covering letter (500 - 750 words max) explaining why you want to apply for the project advertised. Please also comment on your suitability for the post, giving an overview of your relevant experience and training. Applications should be sent to

When applications have closed, the Supervisor will review all submissions. Supervisor contact details are included in the project summary details and you are strongly encouraged to contact the Supervisor for an informal discussion at this stage. Alternatively you will be sent an email to inform you of the result of the application and next steps.

Please note that references will only be taken up for those candidates invited for face-to-face interview.

Interview Process and What to Expect on the Day

Formal interviews will be conducted by our interview panel (exact times will be confirmed by email if you are selected) and will consist of:

  • A presentation by the applicant
  • A discussion with panel
  • A question and answer session with panel

Prior to the interview day, a full itinerary will be sent to you confirming further details about the interview process including information about additional activities that may take place on the day, as well as practical information on getting to the interview location. Please ensure that you provide full contact details in your CV including an up to date email address and telephone number (preferably a mobile number) for correspondence.