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 have now closed. Please check back again in Autumn 2022 for more information about our next cohort of MB-PhD opportunities.

Further information about the individual projects available through the CRUK Manchester Centre will be made 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

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:

  • 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 (at the UK rate), including interest accrued to SLC if appropriate, subject to successful completion of key years of study.
  • Full funding for your PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate). International/EU candidates should contact MCRCtraining@manchester.ac.uk to discuss PhD fee bursaries available to the highest-performing international/EU applicants. These bursaries cover fees only and not visa/health surcharge costs.
  • Project consumables, including costs for researcher development such as conferences and travel.


Eligibility Criteria

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
  • 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
  • studying in Year 3 of the 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 academic eligibility criteria (including English Language).



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

Simon Reeds

Postgraduate Programme Manager

Email: MCRCtraining@manchester.ac.uk

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.


Research Opportunities

Explore the MB-PhD projects currently available for researchers.

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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 Dr Georgina Binnie-Wright, Postgraduate Programme Manager who manages our postgraduate training programmes