Summer research opportunities

Our supervisors are offering summer placements of one week to give University of Manchester and St Andrews-Manchester Pathway Medical School students a taste of academic research and our MB-PhD programme.

The placements will be with various supervisory teams and lab groups where you will get a valuable insight into the real world of academic research.

All these supervisors are offering projects to MB-PhD applicants this year, so if you are considering applying for the programme now or in the future, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet the team and to find out if this is the path for you.

See details of the placements available and the supervisory styles on the CRUK Manchester Centre MB-PhD Studentships webpage. Please note, available placements could change ahead of the deadline.

Placement weeks will be arranged between students and supervisors over the summer before the start of the next academic year (2-6 September).

University of St Andrews students can apply for funding from their university to cover expenses. These placements are unpaid but students at The University of Manchester interested in undertaking a summer placement and unable to do so due to financial reasons should get in touch with Georgina Binnie-Wright, Postgraduate Programme Manager, at, to discuss.

How to apply

Students who are interested in this opportunity should send the following details to Georgina Binnie-Wright, Postgraduate Programme Manager, at

  • Your name
  • Current year of MBChB study
  • Are you intending to apply to the MB-PhD programme in future? (Yes/No)
  • Are you applying for this opportunity due to a general interest in academic research? (Yes/No)
  • 200 words maximum on why you are interested in a placement
  • Lab preference(s)

Depending on how much interest is shown, preference may be given to students who are eligible to apply to the MB-PhD programme in the 2024-25 recruitment round (see eligibility here).

Expressions of interest should be returned by Monday 25 March 2024.

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