Allied Health Professional Academic Pathways

Allied health professionals (AHPs) in research careers play a critical role in enhancing practice-based research and aid the rapid deployment of evidence into busy NHS clinics. The drive for clinical academic roles in AHPs, including both therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers, will enhance patient care and improve outcomes.

Through Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester, we provide high-quality and novel PhD studentships to train future radiation related researchers in basic, discovery, clinical and population sciences with differential expertise. The environment in Manchester, with a critical mass of senior researchers and clinical practitioners in radiobiology, applied physics and radiotherapy delivery, provides an excellent backdrop for projects that address the challenges of translational science to real world patients in the clinic. This further ensures the outcomes of our projects are integrated in everyday clinical practice.


Examples of specific skill-sets and PhD training topics include links to the Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centre and the Elekta MR-Linac, a machine that combines high field-strength MR imaging with a linear accelerator in a single system. We also link to real-time outcome programmes in Manchester, building on the established success of the Christie Advanced Radiotherapy Summer School and Christie School of Oncology programmes.


For Cancer Research UK-funded research pathways, please contact


The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has a bespoke Christie Clinical Academic Pathway (CCAP) team supporting combined clinical and research pathways for all clinical staff groups. The Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) team are happy to work with people to develop competitive applications, so please email for support or further information.




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