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How to apply

Making an application for a Dunhill Medical Trust, National Institute for Health and Care Research, University of Manchester PhD studentship.

How to apply

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

If you wish to be considered for a studentship and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application.

Complete the form following the instructions below.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 15 June 2022
  • Interviews: Early July 2022

Please note these dates may be subject to change.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please ensure your application is complete and includes all required documentation.


Application instructions

Step 1: Check you are eligible to apply

Applicants must have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a relevant subject, and/or a very good MSc/MPhil/MRes degree from a recognised institution or satisfactory work at postgraduate level (which must include research training) undertaken equivalent to at least one year full-time.

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider an application without both undergraduate and postgraduate degree (for example, those with a First/Distinction and research experience), or with compensatory professional experience. 

Some projects on this scheme require candidates to be fluent in a language other than English. Please see the project description for more information.

These studentships are available to UK nationals and international applicants, and provide funding for tuition fees and a stipend for three years.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. View the full Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement.

International applicant eligibility requirements

We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.

Funding will cover tuition fees and stipend only. This scheme is open to both UK and international applicants. However, we are only able to offer a limited number of studentships to applicants outside the UK. Therefore, full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

International applicants must ensure they meet the academic eligibility criteria (including English language) as outlined on the University's country-specific information page.


Step 2: Choose a project

Decide on the project that is most relevant to your research interests from the list of available projects. You may apply for a second project. Both projects must be listed on the same application. You do not need to submit a separate application for each project.

If you have any queries regarding the project themes, please contact Professor Chris Todd.


Please note that we will link you up to the best supervisory team based on the project and your background and needs, so you do not need to specify a specific supervisor. However, as the application form requires a supervisor to be named, please state Professor Chris Todd at this point.


Step 3: Register to apply

Go to the Online Admissions Application Form and ensure you read all the instructions carefully.

If you have not already registered for an account, do this first. You can then make separate applications under this account for other studentships you may also be interested in.

 Please remember that you should only submit one application for the Dunhill/NIHR/UoM studentship, with up to two project choices listed.


Step 4: Create a new application

Create a new application for the Dunhill/NIHR/UoM Studentship. Select 'Postgraduate Research' as the 'Level of Study' on the application form.

Under Academic Programme, search for and select PhD Nursing (3 years). Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested.

In Section 6 – 'Research Details', you must state the project title. You can indicate no more than two project titles. 

In Section 9 – Funding Sources, you must select the details as follows:

  • Select 'Yes' from the drop-down.
  • Type of Funding: University Scholarship.
  • Awarding Body: Dunhill/NIHR/UoM Studentship.
  • Status of Funding – Awarded.
  • Funding Covers – Fully Funded.
  • Leave the remaining boxes blank.

Step 5: Supporting documents

Your application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents.

  • Research proposal

You must submit a proposal of no more than 2,500 words to support how you identified your preferred project. This should include an outline study design, including methods and analysis techniques, with justification of choices and brief consideration of practical and ethical issues.

If you select a second project, you must submit a further 500-word statement on how you would approach your second project choice.

  • Personal statement

You must submit a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. This should include your reasons for applying for PhD study, future career development and plans, research training and experience, research interests, publications, other relevant information.

  • References

We require two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability

These are usually academic references, from a lecturer or professor at your current or previous university.

You will need to provide details of your referees in section 10 of the online form. Your referees will be contacted directly after you submit your application and directed to complete our online reference form.

It is recommended that the email address you provide for your referees is related to the academic institution or organisation to which they belong, rather than a personal use email (for example,

If a personal email address is provided, it may cause delays to your application, as extra steps may be required to verify this.

  • Certificates and transcripts

These should be from all your current/previous degrees, including official translated copies where applicable.

  • Official English Language certificate

This should be a valid English language qualification, where applicable. See step 6 below for further information.

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Ensure your CV is current and up to date.

Please note, your application must be complete and contain all required supporting information at the time of submission, as incomplete applications will not be considered..


Step 6: Language requirements

In Section 5 of the online application form, you will be asked to provide details of how you meet the English Language requirement. 

We mainly accept IELTS or TOEFL tests. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90. Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components, TOEFL (iBT 22).

For the writing component, we expect you to have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS).

If your IELTS or TOEFL expires before the start of your programme, you will need to take another official English test before we can issue you with a CAS for your visa application. This is a requirement of UKVI.

The University accepts a number of English language tests. For more information, see: English language requirements.


Step 7: Acknowledgement

Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement that your application has been received.

After we have received all of your supporting documents, your application will be reviewed by the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team and an academic panel.


Step 8: Interview

You will be kept informed of the progress of your application throughout the application process.

We will contact you directly if we wish to invite you to interview.

If you are invited to interview, you will be notified directly by email. Interviews for this studentship will be conducted via Zoom/Teams.

If you have any queries, please email

If you are not selected, we will notify you directly that your application has been unsuccessful.


Contact us

For queries regarding the application process, please contact the Doctoral Academy.

Contact the Doctoral Academy:

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608