Study a fully-funded PhD alongside your medical degree

What is an MB-PhD?

Our MB-PhD studentship allows aspiring clinical scientists and academics to undertake medical degree training in tandem with the research expertise of a PhD in Cancer Sciences, leading to the joint award of an MBChB and PhD.


Why do an MB-PhD?

  • Graduate with an MBChB and a PhD
  • Have your PhD and undergraduate MBChB fees paid*
  • Receive an annual stipend to help with your living costs
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and training to drive new innovations in clinical care and become a future cancer research leader
  • Receive mentorship and training from world-leading academic clinicians and cancer scientists

*Take a look at ourpolicy document (PDF, 1MB) for more information on how we support your return to undergraduate medical studies following completion of your PhD and for further details about our undergraduate tuition fee bursary.

Key information

Find out more about our MB-PhDs.

Application timelines
How to apply
Fees and funding
Eligibility criteria

Nadin Hawwash

Nadin Hawwash, an MB-PhD Student, provides an overview of her PhD studies in Manchester and recommendations for prospective PhD students. Learn more about Nadin’s research.


Hadiyat Ogunlayi

Hadiyat Ogunlayi is an MB-PhD student. Her research is investigating the relationship between a stromal wound healing phenotype and breast density as a mechanism for breast cancer development. Find out about Hadiyat’s experience on our MB-PhD programme.



Email a Current MB-PhD Student

Want to know more about our MB-PhD studentships? Maca Fernandez Carro is a current student, researching T cells and immunotherapy, and is on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Research Opportunities - MB-PhD

Discover the MB-PhD Research Opportunities currently open for application

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

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Non-Clinical PhD Studentships

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RadNet Manchester AHP Doctoral Academy

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ACED PhD funding opportunities

Our ACED PhD Studentships will set you up as a future leader of cancer early detection.

Why Manchester?

See why our students choose to study in Manchester.