PhD programmes

There are a number of funded PhD schemes that support clinically active doctors to undertake a full-time higher research degree. Collectively these opportunities are known as Clinical Research Training Fellowships – or CRTF. For further details about how CRTF programmes are structured and arranged please visit our CRTF section.

A number of different research funding bodies support CRTF PhD opportunities - this section gives details of some schemes currently in operation at Imperial College London. For a comprehensive list of all PhD schemes available in the Imperial Faculty of Medicine please visit PhD opportunities.

Imperial College Clinician-Investigator Scholarship: PhD Programme

The Imperial College Clinician-Investigator Scholarship programme (ICCIS) has been established to support doctors demonstrating exceptional clinical academic merit and potential and who wish to undertake rigorous research training within the Faculty of Medicine working in partnership with its NHS partners in the Imperial College AHSC. They will have to access to a broad range of clinical specialties and to basic science and clinical research settings. 

Generously funded by a private donor, the ICCIS opportunities will be available from 2017.  Details of the competition for the next cohort of ICCIS will be advertised here. Further information about ICCIS can be found here.

Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the CATO team at

Imperial College Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme

This programme supports the most promising medically qualified clinicians who wish to undertake rigorous research training. Funded candidates have access to a breadth of scientific opportunities and supervision provided by Imperial College London’s broad science base in medical, biological, engineering and physical sciences. In 2016 the Wellcome Trust moved to funding locally tailored PhD programmes for 2017 onwards and Imperial’s bid to host a local programme was successful.  The Imperial Imperial Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Informatics (4i) Clinician Scientist Programme focuses on the academic strengths of the College that are relevant to major health problems.  For full details visit the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD web pages.

Imperial College Wellcome Trust/GlaxoSmithKline Translational Medicine Training Fellowship Programme

This programme is designed to train the next generation of clinical scientists in experimental medicine. A central theme is the application of the new tools of clinical investigation, particularly clinical imaging, to the evaluation of novel medical interventions in humans. Successful recruits to the programme have the opportunity to match a project suitable to their medical career goals, to be undertaken during a three-year PhD.

Further information about this scheme can be found on the Translational Medicine Training Fellowship Programme pages.

Chain Florey Clinical Research Fellowships

Jointly funded by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS) and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) these PhD fellowships are for clinical trainees looking to pursue a career as an academic clinician. The Chain Florey Clinical Research Fellowships introduce trainees to cutting edge scientific research with a strong emphasis in basic science which can be applied to clinical problems. Fellows are expected to carry out their research in one of the LMS’s basic science groups and have three years to complete their PhD – on completion, they return to their postgraduate clinical training. Further details about the Chain Florey Clinical Research Fellowships can be found on the MRC LMS website.

MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (CMBI), located in the Flowers Building on the South Kensington campus, is a cross-faculty, multi-disciplinary research centre with a unique focus on the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and persistence and host innate response to bacterial infections. The CRTFs offered by the CMBI provide an ideal base for those wishing to pursue a career in academic clinical science and are aimed at clinically qualified professionals (usually at speciality Registrar level) with training in microbiology and/or infectious diseases, or possible other infection-related specialities such as intensive care, gastroenterology or respiratory medicine, who wish to undertake a PhD. Specifically, the focus will be on providing future clinical academics with the cutting-edge knowledge and analytical skills that will enable them to pursue high quality and clinically relevant independent research in the field of bacterial infection biology, integrating basic science with clinical medicine. The CMBI hopes to bid for four successful clinical training fellowships to be available from October 2017. Further information can be found on the CMBI website.