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International Equity and Merit student from Tanzania, Godfrey Shirima.

International postgraduate researchers

Be part of our community.

International postgraduate researchers

Start your research career at a university with an international reputation for excellence in biological, medical and health sciences.

Manchester is a friendly, multicultural city that has been voted the UK’s best city to live in for nine consecutive years (Global Liveability Report 2011-19).

The Faculty has a large international student community who will help make your transition to Manchester as smooth as possible.

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Home to more than 20 centres of research excellence

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Outstanding facilities and clinical links with the NHS

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Research with a positive global impact on society



Join the community

The University is home to students from 160 different countries, making Manchester a truly multinational city to live, study and work in.

We have an active International Society, where you can socialise with other students from around the world and take trips to explore the UK.

You will also become a member of our Doctoral Academy Graduate Society where you can meet other research students in the faculty.

International PhD students - Thuy Bui"I've stayed in Manchester for six years and I have numerous reasons to enjoy living here. I've really adapted to life here and enjoy the multicultural environment where you're able to meet people from almost every corner of the world."

Thuy Bui / President’s Doctoral Scholar award student from Vietnam

Funding opportunities

We offer full and partial funding support for international research students.

You can apply to the President’s Doctoral Scholar award and the Doctoral Academy Research Scholarship.

We can also help you access country-specific funding opportunities.

Researchers in the lab


Once you apply to Manchester, we’re here to help you both before you arrive and throughout your postgraduate research studies.

Once you receive an offer, you will be assigned a buddy from your home country or nearby who will contact you to offer assistance and support in the weeks before you arrive.

From the start your PhD you are supported by a supervisor, a postgraduate research tutor and your peers in the Doctoral Academy. You can also access a training programme to help you develop professional skills you can use in your research degree and beyond.

Apply for your PhD

If you’re ready to apply to a postgraduate degree at Manchester, search for a project or programme and find out how to apply.

Alternatively, if you would like to study for a teaching qualification while doing your PhD, see our PhD with integrated teaching certificate. A PhD with an integrated master's year is also available.

Information about application deadlines is on the How to apply page.


If you have any questions about our programmes or how to apply, contact the Doctoral Academy.

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608

Working in partnership with us

If you are interested in working with us to create a global teaching or research partnership for your institution, see: