Financial support

President's Doctoral Scholar Awards

This flagship funding scheme, which is strongly supported by the University's President and Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, will offer over 100 elite studentships each year.

The Award will give the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects.

We are now accepting applications for our 2017/18 PDS Awards. All applications should be made in accordance with the Faculty of Science and Engineering application procedure. PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from September/October 2017. The closing date for consideration in the initial round is at the end of November 2016. Further applications may be considered up to March 2017.

Research Council Awards

Research Council Awards are available to British nationals resident in the UK. (Non-British European nationals are also eligible for these awards, but only in respect of the university fees.) The awards, which cover fees plus maintenance, are available for 42 month PhD courses in any research area. They are funded by the government Research Councils: STFC, the Science & Technology Facilities Council, EPSRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The competition for these awards is high and the minimum academic requirement for a research council PhD award is an upper second class honours degree.

Graphene NOWNANO CDT

Up to 12 fully funded studentships per year are available at the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO). We welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines. Places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK.

PhD projects supported by Graphene NOWNANO build on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster University. Our students receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project you will select from up to 60 available projects in 30+ top-rated research groups across 9 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine).
Extra opportunities on offer: student conferences, innovation and commercialisation training, joint events with other CDTs, outreach events. These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists which will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials and development of their applications in the future.

Research Scholar Awards for European Nationals

Four bursaries are available which cover the fees and contribute up to £7,500 per annum towards the cost of maintenance.

Overseas Research Scholar Awards

Four Overseas Research Scholar Awards are awarded annually by the school and pay the difference between fees payable by UK and EU students and those payable by overseas students. They are highly competitive and early application is advisable.

Regenerative Medicine

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine is an interdisciplinary centre co-sponsored by EPSRC and MRC, which accepts applications from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds, ranging from physics to medicine. 

Its general focus is on laying down the foundation for new medical therapies for pathologies that range from trauma to muscular dystrophy, from diabetes to Alzheimer’s. The PhD projects can have a predominant physical, biological or medical science orientation, with the common points of trans-disciplinarity (joint co-supervision of a medical and a non-medical academic) and scientific quality; typically, placements abroad and/or in industry are possible and funded from the CDT.

Laser Cleaning of Artworks

A PhD CASE studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Photon Physics, sponsored by Lynton Conservation, a division of Lynton Lasers Ltd.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity for a student to play a key role in advancing the conservation of our cultural heritage. He/she will work closely with Lynton Conservation, a division of Lynton Lasers Ltd. which has been one of the leading suppliers of laser cleaning systems to the conservation field for over twenty years and counts many of the world’s leading museums among its customers. A thorough evaluation of laser cleaning is required, in order to better understand the mechanisms involved and the effects on the artwork’s surface, to provide the conservation community with the confidence required to accept this new technique. The supervisory team will include Dr. Mark Dickinson from the University and Dr. Martin Cooper, one of the leading figures within the laser conservation field. The successful candidate will be expected to develop excellent working relationships with customers of Lynton Lasers Ltd. This is likely to include the world-famous British Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, USA), among others.

Applicants should have or expect to receive a 2(i) or first class degree in Physics. Full funding is available for UK students. Applications should be made via: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply

Contact Dr. Mark Dickinson: (mark.dickinson@manchester.ac.uk) for further information

PhD Studentship in Biological Physics

Project Title: Surface and Interfacial conformations of Adsorbed Antibodies as Studied by Neutron Reflection

Application deadline: The application process remains open until a suitably qualified candidate is successfully recruited

Anticipated start date for project: September 2017.

A PhD studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Biological Physics, the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. The studentship is funded by MedImmune, who focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of biologic prescription medicines, and is the biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca.

Antibodies are proteins that can be engineered with exceptionally high selectivity and specificity to recognize their target molecules. Recent scientific and technological advances have now paved the way for developing antibodies as a new generation of protein drugs (biologics or biotherapeutics) for unmet clinical needs. In the course of bioprocessing (expression, purification, formulation and packaging), antibodies are exposed to different surfaces and interfaces. Some of these interactions have the potential to cause structural unfolding of the antibody and loss of their unique functions. On the basis of our ongoing collaborative studies, we have demonstrated various technical capabilities in studying protein adsorption. The main objectives of this project work are to explore the use of neutron reflection and other related techniques for studying antibody adsorption at the air/water and solid/water interfaces and establish the basic understanding of the structural impact of the different interfaces. The student will learn not only how to analyse the neutron data but also how to interpret the structural implications. This work contributes to the development of the theoretical basis about how to control complex interfacial processes and interactions.

The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake research and training at neutron facilities (RAL, ILL) and MedImmune, Cambridge. The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading scientific research to technology innovations.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive: The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant degree (e.g. MPhys, MSci, MChem, MEng) in science, engineering and bioscience. Those with experimental/computational skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply.

Amount of funding available and eligibility: The project is funded for the maximum period of 4 years. No prior experience of neutron research, modelling or bioscience is required as a full package of training and support will be provided.

Contact for further information: j.lu@manchester.ac.uk or drop in to Room 3.14, Schuster Building on Manchester campus.

Project Supervisor: Prof Jian R Lu (Manchester Biological Physics).

How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiry should be directed to Prof Jian R Lu.

PhD Studentship in Biological Physics

Project Title: Self-assembly of Novel L-Carnitine Amphiphiles

Closing date for applications: The application process remains open until a suitably qualified candidate is successfully recruited.

Anticipated start date for project: September 2017.

Information about the project
A PhD studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Biological Physics, the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. The studentship is funded by EPSRC, with a CASE top up from Lonza. The Manchester branch of Lonza harnesses science and technology to create processes and products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life.

L-carnitine amphiphiles could offer attractive surface activity and solution aggregation, but there is so far no study aimed at elucidating their physiochemical properties. Given the potential health and medical benefits from these molecules, this project is set to undertake a systematic study of their surface and interfacial adsorption and solution aggregation by a range of physical techniques including neutron reflection and scattering. The student will learn not only how to undertake key physical measurements such as neutron reflection and scattering, but also how to analyse experimental data and come up with appropriate models that could interpret the structural implications. This work will thus contribute to the development of the theoretical basis about how to control interfacial processes and interactions.

The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake research and training at neutron facilities (RAL, ILL) and Lonza Manchester. Lonza will provide full support and training on sample synthesis and purification and related characterisations. The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading scientific research to technology innovations.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive: The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant degree (e.g. MPhys, MSci, MChem, MPharm) in science, engineering and bioscience. Those with experimental/computational skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply.

Amount of funding available and eligibility: The project is funded for the maximum period of 3.5 years. No prior experience of neutron research or bioscience is required as a full package of training and support will be provided.

Contact for further information: j.lu@manchester.ac.uk or drop in to Room 3.14, Schuster Building on Manchester campus.

Project Supervisor: Prof Jian R Lu (Manchester Biological Physics).

How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiry should be directed to Prof Jian R Lu.

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