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*, along with an annual stipend for lab 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 our policy document (PDF, 1MB) for more information on how we support your return to undergraduate medical studies following completion of your PhD.
Find out more about our MB-PhDs.
Here are our quick steps to apply for our MB-PhD:
First, you need to check you are eligible to apply for an MB-PhD. Please see the eligibility tab (above) to read all criteria.
2. Contact supervisors
You can explore the range of MB-PhD opportunities that are open to application on our Research Opportunities webpage.
We encourage you to contact the supervisor of any MB-PhD projects that you are interested in before starting your application. Having these conversations will help you to get a feel for the different research themes and projects on offer.
Register to apply for our MB-PhD opportunities using the Postgraduate Application Form. You must create an account to register.
4. Create a new application
When you create a new application make sure you select the following:
- Academic Career – Postgraduate Research
- Mode of Attendance – Full-time
- Program Description – search for MB-PhD and then select the MB-PhD Programme
- Candidates apply for the MB-PhD programme – under ‘Research Title’ list MB-PhD Programme. You can provide supervisor preferences/research interests in your accompanying supporting statement and these will be considered at and after interview
- If you are shortlisted, you’ll be interviewed by the MB-PhD Programme Directors and Education Committee before being accepted onto the programme “in principle”. You will be matched with a supervisor based on your interview performance and project/research preferences
- If successful at interview, you will be asked to meet with a nominated MB-PhD supervisor in the subsequent week for them to review and approve your PhD offer
- Choose Step 9 – for funding sources, please include the following information:
– Select ‘Yes’ from the drop-down
– Type of Funding: University of Manchester Scholarship
– Awarding Body: Cancer Research UK MB-PhD
– Status of Funding – Awarded
– Funding Covers – Fully Funded
– Leave the remaining boxes blank
5. Supporting documents
Your application form must be accompanied by several supporting documents:
This should include:
- qualifications (GCSE, A-level or equivalent, and any higher education qualifications, including grades, and your current programme)
- academic prizes, research projects, and academics interests
- extracurricular interests, and activities and positions of responsibility relevant to your application
The information you provide in your CV will be considered in relation to widening participation, and/or university access policies, to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly.
This should be 1,000 words maximum and include your reason for applying to the MB-PhD programme and your interest and suitability for the project. You can include project/research interest/s here and these will be considered at and post-interview.
You need to list two referees, one of which must be an academic referee from The University of Manchester or the St Andrews-Manchester pathway MBChB programme.
This could be a:
- Clinical debrief tutor
- PEP tutor
- Literature research project supervisor
- PPD tutor
References cannot be submitted by a supervisor named on the project you are applying for.
Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form.
6. Acknowledgement and review process
Once you have submitted your application form, we will email you with an acknowledgement.
We will review your application after the application deadline and once we’ve received all your supporting documents. If successful at interview, we will also share your application with a nominated supervisor(s) to review.
We will email you if you are invited to interview.
Interviews take place at the Oglesby Cancer Research Building in Withington in early March 2024.
Applying to intercalate
For permission to intercalate, you must fill in the electronic online Permission to Intercalate form by 11 December 2023 (we may be able to consider late applications to intercalate in exceptional circumstances). This form is available on 1MedForms via the following link: https://www.onemedforms.manchester.ac.uk/
St Andrews-Manchester pathway students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
The PhD component of the MB-PhD studentship is usually funded for three years, or four years in exceptional circumstances with prior agreement of MB-PhD Committee and supervisory team.
The studentship covers:
- An annual stipend of £21,000 per year to help with living costs
- Full funding for your PhD tuition fees (at the UK rate, with fee bursaries available for high-performing EU/International candidates)
- PhD project consumables and running costs, including costs for researcher development such as conferences and travel
- MBChB tuition fees (at the UK rate, with some scholarships available for high-performing EU/International candidates) for a maximum of four years
To apply to intercalate onto the PhD in Cancer Sciences component of the MB-PhD, you must be:
A University of Manchester MBChB student:
- currently studying in Year 3; or
- currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BA/BSc (Hons) degree classification of an Upper Second or above in a relevant subject; or
- intercalating after Year 2 or Year 3 of the MBChB.
A University of St Andrews Medicine BSc (Hons) student on the Manchester course pathway:
- currently studying in Year 3 at The University of St Andrews and on target to achieve a 2.1 or above at BSc; or
- currently studying in Year 3 of The University of Manchester MBChB, having already obtained a BSc at 2.1 or above from The University of St Andrews
International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the relevant academic eligibility criteria (including English Language).
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.
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