1+3 Masters & PhD Programme Structure

Students typically enter a structured yet customised 4-year programme of postgraduate training, taking a Masters course at either institution in Year 1 and before commencing the 3-year PhD programme. The Masters year is meant to prepare students to undertake PhD research by working on one to two project rotations and supplemented by training workshops. Students with a relevant Masters degree will be considered for the +3 programme component. Our Masters courses can be selected from a range of MSc and MRes courses available at both ICL and RHUL. Some examples include:

RHUL MSc by Research in:
ICL MSc/MRes in:

Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS)

In addition to the PhD research, every DTP-funded student is required to gain real world working experiences outside of the academic research laboratory through the BBSRC's Professional Internship for PhD Students. The DTP student, in consultation with the supervisors and with support from Imperial's Careers Services, will pursue a minimum of three months at a placement site either in the UK, EU, or Overseas. Imperial College’s Careers Service has a successful track record of managing placement schemes and exposing students to non-academic environments through real-life workplace experience. All DTP students, whether based at Imperial or RHUL, will be able to take advantage of this service. The PIPS placement is between 3-18 months in length and is suggested to occur between the second and fourth year of the programme. 

SysMIC: Systems Training in Maths, Informatics, and Computational Biology

Our DTP students will register for the SysMIC training platform during their first and second year of the PhD programme. SysMIC is a series of online-based training modules that cover introductory and advanced techniques in maths and computing specific for use in interdisciplinary bioresearch. Participants learn how to use MATLAB to model, simulate and analyse biological systems, and how to use R statistics package to analyse data. Modules begin in April and November and last 6 months in length. 

Professional Development Courses

The Graduate School at Imperial has a robust professional development skills programme offering over 60 different courses with over 300 individual sessions from which students can choose depending on their needs and requirements. Courses are organized into Masters and PhD levels with both offering tailor-made sessions in writing, presentations/communication, research effectiveness, business acumen as well as an overseas Global Fellows Programme. For additional information on types of courses, please visit the Graduate School website. DTP students from both instutions have the option to select any number of Graduate School courses.

Cohort Workshops & Activities

We expect to derive synergies from maintaining students as a cohesive cohort—crossing departmental, faculty and institutional divides—both for the training of the students, as well as the generation of novel scientific insights and impact. Students will be expected to participate in cohort activities to develop peer support networks and exchange information and experiences. Examples of cohort activities include a programme induction, a theme-based welcome back social, DTP Speaker Series, PIPS informational sessions, DTP in-house training workshops, an annual DTP Project Showcase, and a number of social events to foster inter-cohort relationships and building networks.