Non-Clinical PhD Studentships

Our Non-Clinical PhD Studentships are suitable for students with degrees in a range of scientific disciplines. We seek ambitious, motivated candidates who aim to launch and develop a career in world-leading cancer research.

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Application Process and Timelines

Applications for our Non-Clinical PhD Studentships to commence in 2023 have now closed. Any future projects that are available to start in 2023 will be advertised on the Research Opportunities page.


For prospective students who have submitted applications, please see below for the timelines to hear back about your projects:

  • Applications Deadline: 21st November 2022
  • Interviews: Friday 13th January 2023
  • Start date: September 2023

Duration and Funding

Our Non-Clinical Studentships are tenable for four years. Funding for the studentship covers:

  • Running costs
  • University tuition fees (at the UK rate)
  • A stipend of £21,000 per year.


International Candidates

The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable studentships covering PhD fees only to be awarded to international applicants. Studentships will be awarded to high-performing EU and international candidates. These will be assessed on candidate quality at application and interview stages. These bursaries do not include financial support for visa/health surcharges and candidates should contact to discuss this if necessary.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must hold, or be about to obtain, a minimum upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. A related master’s degree would be an advantage.

We encourage all candidates to make contact with supervisors who they are interested in working with on postgraduate research programmes ahead of applying for respective projects.



International applicants (including EU nationals) must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English Language) as outlined before contacting potential supervisors to express an interest in their project. Eligibility can be checked via the University Country Specific information page.


Application Stage

To be considered for this project you must submit a formal online application form – full details on how to apply can be found on the CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme website on the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health website.


Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. The full equality, diversity and inclusion statement can be found on the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health website.



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

Simon Reeds
Postgraduate Programme Manager


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Our Non-Clinical PhD Studentships are suitable for those students with degrees in a range of scientific disciplines. We seek ambitious, motivated students who aim to launch and develop a career in world-leading cancer research.


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