iCASE Doctoral Training Programme

Awarded to high calibre researchers who go on to conduct important research facilitated by academic expertise and commercial interactions

Enterprise Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a 3.5 year training programme, which includes a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills, leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis and the award of a PhD.

The College is offering up to seven fully funded Enterprise DTP Studentships to start in 2021-22. Each studentship is tied to a specific Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering (CASE) project. Enterprise DTP students will benefit from additional training relevant to the industry through the CASE commercial partner, covering areas such as ethical standards, good laboratory practice, discovery and the development process, the R&D value chain and key activities and investment decisions, and the use of appropriate specialised equipment available to the commercial partner.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 23:59 (GMT) on 07 January 2021.


Research projects

Projects for the current call are listed below. In the application form, you will be asked to select one of these seven projects or rank two projects in order of your preference.

Projects funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC):

  1. Designing delivery platforms for nucleic acid vaccines using supramolecular chemistry / John Tregoning
  2. Developing advanced mass photometry methods for analysis of the multi-step helicase loading process / Christian Speck

Projects funded by The Medical Research Council (MRC):

  1. Enabling rapid and portable detection of bacterial infections on a silicon bio-chip / Pantelis Georgiou
  2. Evaluation of mechanisms of action and utility of a new prostate cancer therapeutic, CT7001 / Charlotte Bevan
  3. Genomic characterisation of gestational trophoblastic tumours and associated circulating tumour DNA to improve patient management and diagnosis / Michael Seckl
  4. Novel contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging approaches to understand and treat gastrointestinal disease / Kevin Murphy
  5. Using systems pharmacology to unravel the influence of nutrient supply and TP53 loss on MAT2A inhibitor efficacy and toxicity / Hector Keun

Further details on can be found at the research projects page.


Personal statement

The application form will ask you to provide a personal statement (or two personal statements if you select a second project). This should be 500-1200 words in length and should include the following:

  • Why you are applying for an Enterprise DTP
  • Why the project/s you selected interest you
  • What skills and experience you have that are relevant to this project/s

Further guidance for your application, and a link to the application form, are provided on the How to apply page.