MB-PhD Programme

The MB-PhD training route enables aspiring clinician scientists 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. Over the next five years, we aim to recruit the best candidates who are seeking to drive new innovations in clinical care and research. Our first cohort of students began their studies in late 2020.


Application Process and Timelines


Applications for the MB-PhD Studentships will open in January 2022. Any projects advertised have a projected start date of 1 October 2022.

Further information about the individual projects available through the CRUK Manchester Centre can be found on our Researcher Opportunities website.

Our Current MB-PhD Students


Read about Hadiyat Ogunlayi, an MB-PhD student working on ‘Investigating the relationship between a stromal wound healing phenotype and breast density’ with Professor Cliona Kirwan.


Hear from Nadin Hawwash, an MB-PhD student working on ‘Adolescent and adulthood BMI And Cancer risk using obese-year metrics (ABACus 2)’ with Professor Andrew Renehan.

Duration and Funding

PhD studentships are tenable for three years in duration, or four years in exceptional circumstances with prior agreement of MB-PhD Committee and supervisory team.

The Studentship covers:

  • Running costs
  • Full funding for your PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate). International/EU candidates should contact MCRCtraining@manchester.ac.uk to discuss fee top-up bursaries available to the highest-performing international/EU applicants.
  • A stipend of £19,000 per annum for living costs.
  • An undergraduate Student Loans Company payment up to a maximum of four years of MBChB study (including interest accrued to SLC if appropriate), subject to successful completion of key years of study.


Eligibility Criteria


To apply to intercalate onto the PhD in Cancer Sciences, component of the MB-PhD, you must be either:

A University of Manchester MBChB student:

  • currently studying in year 3; or
  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (hons) 2.1 or above in a relevant subject; or
  • intercalating after either 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 be on target to achieve a 2.1 or above at BSc; or
  • currently studying in Year 3 of the Manchester MBChB, having already obtained a BSc at 2.1 or above from the University of St Andrews



If you have any queries about the funding, eligibility or application process, please contact:

Dr Georgina Binnie-Wright
Postgraduate Programme Manager
Email: MCRCtraining@manchester.ac.uk


Research Opportunities

Explore the MB-PhD projects currently available for researchers.

Why Manchester?

Your guide to show why Manchester is the place to work or study.

Researcher Stories

Experiences from our postgraduate researchers talking about their PhD projects and experiences in the laboratories.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Our Clinical Research Training Fellowships are open to clinicians who wish to undertake a period of full-time training in a cancer relevant field, leading to the completion of a PhD.


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