A*STAR (Research) University of Manchester

The University of Manchester, UK and A*STAR Institutes, Singapore, offer a number of prestigious international PhD studentships for outstanding applicants each year, commencing in September.

The 4 year PhD Programme will require successful applicants to split their time between Manchester and the relevant research institute in Singapore. The Programme will involve two year periods in both Manchester and Singapore. The final PhD degree awarded will be by The University of Manchester.

  • Qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Start date

    September 2017

  • Duration

    48 months


Course details

Assessment method

Assessment is through a research project.


Entry requirements

Applicants should be from the UK/EU and have obtained (or be about to obtain) at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. Many of our students have also undertaken a Masters degree, although this is not compulsory.

Due to strict entry requirements set by the A*STAR Graduate Academy as part of the approvals process, we require that applicants have obtained consistent marks throughout their undergraduate degree units, equivalent to a UK 2:1 or higher. Any significantly lower results for individual units (without special circumstances) may mean your application is not considered competitive for the Programme. We therefore suggest that you get in touch with us directly if you are unsure about your academic background or if you have a non-UK Bachelors degree for example so that we can check your suitability for the Programme.

We can consider non-UK/EU nationals that are able to finance the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fees (approximately £14,000 per year).
For applicants whose first language is not English, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note the IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.
For the majority of PhD/MPhil applicants, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall [or TOEFL (paper) 577, (internet) 90]. Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components, TOEFL (paper 527, internet 72).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19,500 Year 1
International £33,500 Year 1
England £19,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £19,500 Year 1
Scotland £19,500 Year 1
Wales £19,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows: PhD (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): Standard TBA, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500 International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500