Funded PhD programmes
We offer several specialised PhD training programmes that come with funding.
Some of these programmes offer interdisciplinary or structured training during the first year or placements outside of the lab.
All of our funded programmes are shown below. For other sources of financial support, visit our funding opportunities page.
Applications for 2022 entry
Please note that the University is launching a new application form on Monday 18 October. We'll start accepting applications for our funded PhD programmes from this date. In the meantime, you can review the projects available and contact project supervisors in advance.
We can also inform you when the Online Admissions Application Form is live. If you would like us to do this, please provide your details using our online form.
Weizmann Institute of Science PhD studentships
Conduct research at Manchester and in Israel through our funded four-year PhD projects.
Singapore A*STAR PhD Programme
Our flagship 4-year PhD programme spans the biomedical sciences in partnership with Singapore A*STAR.
BBSRC DTP studentships
The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership provides an opportunity to experience cutting-edge research in the biosciences.
The MRC Doctoral Training Partnership provides an outstanding environment for PhDs in the biomedical sciences.
British Heart Foundation PhD
Our 4-year BHF PhD provides an intensive introduction to cardiovascular research.
Wellcome Trust Immunomatrix in Complex Disease
A 4-year PhD programme at the interface of immunology and matrix biology research.
Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD
Combining the vocational training of a medical degree with the research expertise of a PhD.
CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme
Develop a career in world-leading cancer research with clinical and non-clinical PhD opportunities funded by the CRUK Manchester Centre.
CRUK Manchester Institute PhD studentships
The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute have PhD projects on offer spanning the whole spectrum of cancer research.
ESRC funding for postgraduate training in the social sciences is available through the North West Social Sciences DTP.
ESRC Social-Biological CDT
PhD studentships are available in an innovative new centre for doctoral training in biosocial research.
NIHR Primary Care Research
PhD studentships are currently available for research in primary health care.
HDR UK/Turing PhD Programme in Health Data Science
PhD studentships are available for research within health data science.
Dual Award PhD in Synthetic and Systems Biology
A unique dual degree PhD programme in Synthetic and Systems Biology.
Our projects database individually lists the studentship opportunities available.
Find out about the other sources of financial support available for UK and international applicants.
EU students on postgraduate research programmes from September 2020
EU students applying for university places in England from 2020/21 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants. They are entitled to home fee status for the duration of their course, even past the point that the UK leaves the EU. Students wishing to undertake a postgraduate research programme will be assigned the 'home' fee status for the duration of their programme.