A PhD should be an exciting and stimulating time. For many, it is the first step into a career in a research, and the first opportunity to say something truly novel about the world around them.
We are committed to training the next generation of cancer research scientists, helping launch careers in basic, translational and clinical cancer research. Postgraduate students enjoy a supportive environment, a challenging project and, together with tailored training in transferable and generic skills, will develop as independent scientists with excellent career prospects. For further information on our research, and to read testimonials of some of our current and past PhD students, please download a pdf copy of Guide to PhD Studentship booklet.
Our students benefit from:
- Significant investment in world-class facilities, including next generation sequencing, mass-spectrometry, advanced imaging, GCLP labs, histology, flow cytometry, high performance computing and Affymetrix microarrays.
- Major core funding from Cancer Research UK (CR-UK), the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world.
- A generous stipend.
- Group leaders focused only on research and postgraduate training.
- Working alongside over 400 postdoctoral scientists, clinical fellows, scientific officers, administrative and technical staff, postgraduate research students and visiting fellows.
- A diverse research environment spanning many aspects of cancer research, from programmes investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to those focused on translational research and the development of novel therapeutic approaches.
- Being at the heart of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC), a partnership that brings together the expertise, vision and resources of its founding partners: The University of Manchester, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK – all of which have formidable individual reputations in the fields of cancer treatment and basic and clinical research.
- Cancer research in Manchester ranked by the recent government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as the best in the UK.
- 90% of the cancer research undertaken by The University of Manchester over the last six years was assessed as internationally excellent.
PhDs within the Paterson are 4 years, and eligible to students from within the UK, EU and overseas. They come with a generous Cancer Research UK stipend, and full tuition fees.