ACED PhD Studentships

ACED has the bold ambition to accelerate and revolutionise research in the early detection of cancers by uniting world leading researchers to bring together the best early detection science across the UK and US.

We are seeking candidates with an outstanding academic record with a minimum upper second class or Master’s degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to early detection research, including but not limited to: biochemistry/molecular biology, biophysics, computer science, engineering, epidemiology, public health, physics, mathematics, medicine.

Applications for the ACED Non-Clinical PhD Studentships have now closed. Future opportunities will be published here, so please keep checking this page.



ACED PhD Programme


ACED is committed to training the next generation of early detection cancer scientists and leaders of tomorrow within a supportive and flexible training environment. As such, the ACED PhD Programme provides unique support by offering a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional approach to training by offering a number of funded non-clinical four-year PhD studentships available to be recruited via a central ACED selection process across the UK ACED Centres in Manchester, Cambridge and UCL.

Projects will be published on the CRUK Manchester Centre Research Opportunities webpage and linked below.

Hear from current ACED students who are at various stages of study on the ACED-Funded PhD Students webpage.

Recruitment and Selection Process

Non-clinical four-year PhD studentships are to be recruited via a central ACED selection process. One studentship is available at each of the three UK ACED Centres to commence in the Autumn term following recruitment. Studentships are to be awarded through a competitive application process following agreement between the applicant and approved ACED PhD supervisors to co-create and develop a research project as part of the first year of the studentship. First year students are encouraged to undertake at least two rotations in different research groups either at their host or different ACED Centres to expand their exposure to different scientific disciplines relevant to early detection.

The ACED Skills Exchange and Development Travel Award scheme is available to apply for funding for rotations at other ACED Centres where these costs cannot be covered by the studentship funding.


2023-2024 Recruitment Timeline
Stage 1 – Call for potential supervisors
Stage 2 – Open call for applications from candidates
Stage 3 – Interview Panel


Training and Development

A core goal at ACED Manchester is to enable the next-generation of early detection research scientists to become future leaders.

Research Themes

ACED Manchester's research is prioritised across three key research themes and several disease sites.

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