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How to apply

Applications to the CRUK Manchester Centre PhD training scheme are now open. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

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

Complete the form following the instructions below.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 29 November 2020
  • Interview date: 8 January 2021

Application instructions

Step 1: Check you are eligible to apply

Check your eligibility based on which pathway you would like to apply for:

1. Clinical research training fellowships

These fellowships are usually three years in length, with the option to extend to four years under certain circumstances.

The fellowship covers:

  • running costs;
  • university tuition fees (at the UK rate);
  • an appropriate salary in line with the candidate's current salary.

All applicants must be post-registration clinicians and ideally have a specialist training post. It is generally expected that CRTFs would return to a training programme in the UK upon completion of their research degree. 

2. Non-clinical studentships

These studentships are four years in length and are aimed at applicants who are recent graduates or final year undergraduates.

The studentships will cover:

  • running costs;
  • university tuition fees (at the UK rate);
  • an annual stipend (£19,000).

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.

International applicant eligibility requirements (including EU nationals)

The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK.

Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees/stipend only. However, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable a limited number of full studentships or tuition fee scholarships to be awarded to international applicants of exceptional quality.

International applicants 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's country-specific information page.

If your country is not listed, you must contact the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team ( You should provide a detailed CV (to include academic qualifications – stating degree classification(s) and dates awarded) and the relevant transcripts.

Following the review of your qualifications and with support from potential supervisor(s), you will be informed whether you can submit a formal online application.

Step 2: Choose a project

Decide on the project(s) that are most relevant to your research interests from the list of available projects. Clinical applicants are able to select two projects, non-clinical applicants should select one project only.

You do not need to submit a separate application for each project.

Supervisor contact details are included in the project summary and you are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisor ahead of or during your application.

Invitations to our interview days are dictated by supervisor nominations, so you are unlikely to be nominated by a supervisor unless you have made contact with them, in addition to submitting an online application. If successful in the shortlisting process, you will be notified before Christmas and invited to interview in January.

Step 3: Register to apply

Go to the postgraduate application form and ensure you read all the instructions carefully.

If you have not already registered for an account, do so first of all. You can then make separate applications under this account for the studentships, and any other studentships you may be interested in.

Step 4: Create a new application

Create a new application for the studentship. Select 'Postgraduate Research' as the 'Academic Career' on the application form. Under Programme Description, search for and select ' PhD Cancer Science'.

Work your way through the application form, including all details as requested.

For Part 3 – 'Proposed Research', identify your first choice supervisor and project title (this should be the lead supervisor name on the project). In the 'Further information' section, clinical applicants can list up to one more lead supervisors and project title.

For Part 8 – 'Main Funding Source', select Internal, Type - University Scholarship, Awarding Body: MCRC, Status - Confirmed. The other boxes can remain blank.

Step 5: Supporting documents

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

  • A personal statement (1000 words max) indicating your first choice project. Please also comment on your suitability for the post, giving an overview of your relevant experience and training.
  • Two references from people who have knowledge of your academic ability. References must be signed, dated and on headed paper.
  • Certificates and transcripts from all your current/previous degrees.
  • Official English Language transcript (IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).

All supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form or, alternatively, can be sent directly to Your application cannot be considered until all of your supporting documents are supplied.

Step 6: Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

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.

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 that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS).

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.

Please contact us at for further information.

Step 7: Acknowledgement

Once submitted, you will receive acknowledgement that your application has been received. Once all your supporting documents have been received, your application will be reviewed and circulated to your preferred supervisor(s).

Step 8: Interview process and what to expect

Formal interviews will be conducted by our interview panel (exact dates/times will be confirmed by email if you are selected) and will consist of:

  • a paper critique by the applicant;
  • a discussion with the panel;
  • a question and answer session with the panel.

Prior to the interview day, a full itinerary will be sent to you confirming further details about the process including information about additional activities that may take place on the day, as well as practical information on getting to the interview location. Please ensure that you provide full contact details in your CV including an up to date email address and telephone number (preferably a mobile number) for correspondence.

If you have any queries about the interview, please contact

If you are not nominated by a supervisor for a panel interview, then we will notify you directly that your application is unsuccessful.

Contact us

For queries regarding the application process, the projects on offer or your eligibility, please email

Any questions relating to the CRUK Manchester Centre PhD training scheme can be directed to

You may wish to contact supervisors directly about projects. You can find the name of the supervisor on each project, and their contact details in the University’s online directory.