Announcing the MB-PhD Summer Placements

OCRB side at nighttime

In 2019, Cancer Research UK awarded the University of Manchester a Clinical Academic Training Award to deliver a step change in the training of prospective clinician researchers. Part of the award was to fund an MB-PhD programme and integrate PhD research into medical training.


Now in its second year, our MB-PhD scheme enables University of Manchester MBChB students, and those on the University of St Andrews Manchester Medicine course pathway, to undertake the vocational training of a medical degree in tandem with the research expertise of a PhD in Cancer Sciences, leading to the awards of MBChB and PhD. The first cohort of CRUK Manchester Centre MB-PhD students began their intercalated PhDs in October 2020, with another cohort due to begin in October 2021.

2020 cohort of MBPhD students

Above, our first cohort of MB-PhD Students, from left to right, Sotia Zenios, Nadin Hawash, Hadiyat Ogunlayi and Macarena Fernandez Carro


The Summer Placement


To encourage University of Manchester & St Andrews-Manchester Pathway Medical School students to learn more about academic research and our Cancer Research UK-funded MB-PhD programme, the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) is able to facilitate placements of up a week with various supervisory teams/lab groups this summer, subject to any COVID-19 restrictions that are in place.


Details of lab groups and supervisory styles can be found on this MB-PhD Summer Placements PDF document (link directs to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre website).. These include PhD relevant details but should still be applicable to students only wishing to undertake a summer placement.


Students who are interested in this opportunity should return the below details as soon as possible via email to


  • Name
  • Current Year of MBChB Study
  • Intending to apply for an MB-PhD programme in future – Yes/No
  • AND/OR applying for this opportunity due to a general interest in academic research – Yes/No
  • 200 words maximum on why they have submitted an Expression of Interest
  • Lab preference/s


Depending on interest shown, preference may be given to students who are eligible to apply to the MB-PhD in the 2021-22 recruitment round.


Expressions of interest should be returned by Friday 2 July.