Dual-award between The University of Manchester and the University of Tokyo

The University of Manchester and the University of Tokyo have partnered to offer a dual-award PhD programme on projects across the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with applicants spending four years across Manchester and Tokyo.

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Broaden your horizons, take advantage of the incredible opportunity to conduct your research in two countries and benefit from world-class academic supervision of two leading institutions.

Why undertake a dual-award?

  • Embrace the challenge of living abroad in a brand new country.
  • Form part of a talented cohort seeking to address challenges across science and engineering, and choose from a range of projects.
  • Develop a global perspective and international fluency to benefit your future development, opening the door to exciting new job opportunities.
  • Boost your intercultural skills and become part of a talented pool of prospective employees for UK academia and industry.

About the programme

The dual award PhD programme - launched in May 2023 - complements the wider agreement on academic cooperation between our two institutions.

Postgraduate researchers will be jointly selected and spend time in Manchester and Tokyo, benefiting from the expertise, facilities and infrastructure of two globally renowned institutions.

Students will be awarded a degree from both institutions, based on a single research experience managed cooperatively by both institutions.

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The scholarship will include all basic level tuition fees, standard living allowances for all four years of programme, two years of allowances at UKRI equivalent stipends, a travel budget of £2,000 and RTSG budget of £3,000 while at The University of Manchester. The University of Tokyo will cover the amount equivalent to stipends which is offered by The University of Manchester during their stay at the University of Tokyo.

Recruitment for 2024/25 is now closed, please expect a call for 2025/26 to be live in the late summer/early autumn 2024.

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Contact info

If you have any queries about the programme, the application process or your eligibility, please don't hesitate to get in touch: