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. 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 our MB-PhD programme (September 2023 start) are now open. 

Further information about the individual projects available through the CRUK Manchester Centre is available on our Researcher Opportunities webpage.


Why Do An MB-PhD?

  • Graduate with PhD and MBChB degrees
  • Have your PhD and undergraduate MBChB fees paid*, along with an annual stipend/lab costs
  • Begin the pathway to becoming an academic clinician in a cancer-related speciality
  • Receive mentorship and training from world-leading academic clinicians and cancer scientists


Duration and Funding
Eligibility Criteria
How to apply 2022-23
MB-PhD student

MB-PhD student: Nadin Hawwash 

PhD project: Adolescent and adulthood BMI And Cancer risk using obese-year metrics (ABACus 2)

Lead supervisor: Professor Andrew Renehan

Learn more about Nadin’s research.

MB-PhD student

MB-PhD student: Hadiyat Ogunlayi 

PhD project: Investigating the relationship between a stromal wound healing phenotype and breast density

Lead supervisor: Professor Cliona Kirwan

Read about Hadiyat’s research.


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

Simon Reeds

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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Get in Touch

Contact Simon Reeds, Postgraduate Programme Manager who manages our postgraduate training programmes