CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme

The CRUK Manchester Centre manages a number of cancer-focused clinical, allied health professional and non-clinical PhD training opportunities in a multidisciplinary team science environment.

These provide an exceptional opportunity for postgraduate researchers to develop a career in world-leading cancer research.

Our PhD programmes are underpinned by four educational cornerstones:

  • training environment (facility infrastructure and intellectual stimulation);
  • career mentorship;
  • networking and engagement skills;
  • pastoral and institutional support.

Established in 2013 before becoming a designated major centre in 2015, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Centre is a translational research centre uniting basic, translational and clinical research to deliver cancer precision for all.

Research is prioritised across five distinct research themes over key disease sites. The CRUK Manchester Centre is directed by Professor Robert Bristow.

Why apply?

You will benefit from a vibrant research environment including:

  • state-of-the-art facilities for cancer researchers and clinical trials support staff;
  • collaborations that provide a seamless link between basic, translational and clinical research to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic;
  • generous stipends/salaries (role-specific) and funding for your university tuition fees and running expenses;
  • an intellectually challenging, innovative and supportive environment;
  • a diverse and in-depth training programme in transferable skills leading to excellent career opportunities.

CRUK Manchester Centre postgraduate researchers are welcomed into a world-leading cancer sciences research environment at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC), a unique partnership founded in 2006 by The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Since its creation, the MCRC partnership has since expanded to encompass cancer research activities across Manchester, driving a consistent, compatible and integrated cancer research strategy with the ultimate aim of creating a future free from the burden of cancer.

The CRUK Manchester Centre and MCRC share a Training Office, which is your designated contact for applications to this scheme.

You can read about our current trainees in our MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training and Education Newsletter (PDF) and on our Researcher Stories page. 

Current opportunities

Any available projects open for applications can be found at the below link.

MB-PhD projects are advertised separately on the CRUK MB-PhD page.

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for this CRUK Manchester Centre PhD Training Scheme and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application.

Please follow our instructions on how to apply for this scheme. Applications are made online and the deadline for all applications is Monday 20 November 2023.

Interviews will be held in Manchester on Friday 12 January 2024.

Contact us

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

For queries about applications, please contact