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Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT

How to apply

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a UK undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent, or a first degree with an additional master's degree or international equivalent.

For those taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) you should have a minimum of 6.5 in each category (listening, reading, writing and speaking) with an overall average of 7.0.

Please ensure that you read and follow the application instructions below.

Eligibility

To be classed as a home student, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements: those granted pre-settled status can stay for a further five years from the date they get pre-settled status and can apply for settled status once they reach five years of continuous residency ), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you will be classed as an international student.

Fees

Support for your PhD is likely to be in the region of (minimum £4,407 per year) for tuition fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,285 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments.

More information on UKRI funded studentships is available at the link below:

There may be limited places available for exceptional international students who, if successful, will have their full fees paid for by The University of Manchester and EPSRC combined as well as receiving the standard EPSRC stipend.

Please note: International students are expected to make up a maximum of 30% of the total intake for 2021 and we expect to recruit c. 12 students this year (2021).

Submitting your application

Please see the guidance below for how to apply for your place, and any funding.

Application checklist

To complete your application to study with us, you will need the following information:

  1. Online application form (see the application instructions for how to complete this).
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Personal statement - see guidance on writing your personal statement
  4. Two references – download our referee report form (PDF document, 50KB)
  5. Evidence of prior academic qualifications – these will be certificates or transcripts to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements.
  6. Evidence of English language ability

Accepted English language qualifications

All UK nationals must have a GCSE in English or English Literature at Grade B (or Grade 6).

If English is not your first language, we accept IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

For those taking the IELTS test you should have a minimum of 6.5 in each category (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) with an overall average of 7.0.

For those taking the TOEFL iBT test you need to score 19-23 in Reading, 20–23 in Listening, 24–26 in Writing and 20–22 in Speaking with an overall average between 94 - 101.

Application instructions

To apply to the Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT, please follow the instructions below.

The online form is generic and is used for all postgraduate degrees, but the instructions below are designed to make the application process as simple as possible.

All applications must be made online via the University's website.

  1. Go to the online application form.
  2. Follow the instructions to register.
  3. When you get to the 'Create a New Postgraduate Application' page, select:
    Institution: The University of Manchester
    Academic Career: Postgraduate Research
    Mode of Attendance: Full Time
  4. In the Programme Description box enter 'Advanced Biomedical Materials', and then click on the 'search' button.
  5. Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT should appear as one of the options. Select the 'apply' link next to this option. This will take you to the start of the online form for the programme. Now just enter your details and follow the instructions.
  6. There are a number of pages to complete. The first two pages are self-explanatory.
  7. For the Start Date, select September 2021.
  8. In the 'Proposed Research' box, for the 'Research Title', please enter the relevant project information. Please note that if you do not include the correct title or supervisor information your application may be delayed. Please also make sure you have discussed the project with the relevant supervisor before applying.
  9. You should leave the 'Special Study Options' box blank.
  10. If there is anything extra that you like to tell us that is not covered by the rest of the form, please enter it in the 'Further Information' box.
  11. Please note if you have any existing publications, then enter them in the Publications boxes ('First Publication', 'Second Publication'), but we do not expect candidates to have publications.
  12. On the 7th page, please provide full details of two referees. Please note, at least one of these should be an academic referee. The online process says that you should upload written references with the form, or alternatively these can be emailed or post to the address at the bottom of this page.
  13. On the 8th page: If you are a UK citizen or a an EU national that has been resident in the UK for at least three years and you are applying for a fully-funded studentship, then in the 'Main Funding Source' box enter the following details:
    Internal / External = External;
    Awarding Body = EPSRC;
    Award Status = Application submitted
    You may leave the other spaces in this box blank as well as the 'Second Funding Source' and 'Third Funding Source' boxes.
    If you already have funding or you are ineligible for a research council studentship, then enter the details of your funding in these boxes.
  14. On page 9: if you have an academic transcript or other useful documents, then please feel free to upload a copy here, or alternatively these can be emailed or posted to the address at the bottom of this page.

Visit the online application form on the University website.

Funding and eligibility

Fully funded places are available to UK nationals and a small number of funded places may be offered to international students. (See above for more details on who may be classed as 'national' and 'international'). Support for your PhD is likely to be in the region of (minimum £4,407 per year) for tuition fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,285 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments.

More information on UKRI funded studentships is available at the link below:

International students are welcome to apply if they receive external scholarships, or are on a self-funded basis. In the case of exceptional performance, international candidates may be eligible to have their fees waivered.

There may be limited places available for exceptional international students who, if successful, will have their full fees paid for by The University of Manchester and EPSRC combined as well as receiving the standard EPSRC stipend.

For exceptionally academically strong international students with proven research potential (eg published papers or evidence of significant contribution to research projects) the CDT may be able to assist with applications to Manchester scholarships such as:

  • China Scholarship Council and The University of Manchester's Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Award
  • FSE Dean's scholarships

Details of these scholarships can be found on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website.

The CDT may also be able to give provisional offers to be used in national scholarship applications.

There may be alternative funding opportunities available for international students and for more information on this, please visit the University's international student funding advice page.