MRC DTP studentships

Awarded to high calibre researchers who go on to conduct important research and gain worldwide recognition

Applications are now closed for this studentship - applications for 2018-19 will open in Autumn 2017

Imperial College MRC DTP (Medical Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership) Research Studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a 3.5 or 4.5 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 17 fully funded MRC PhD studentships to start in 2017-18. 

Applications for the 2017-18 call closed at 23:59 on 22 November 2016. Notification of the application outcome will be sent by 28 February 2017.  Please also note that the last date for receipt of references in support of an application is 1 December 2016.

Research themes

  • Informatics for health
  • Experimental medicine
  • Infection and antimicrobial research

An explanation of the themes, along with example projects are provided on the research themes page.  Some projects fall within more than one theme, and these lists are for guidance purposes only.  Project titles are taken from current MRC DTP projects and are not necessarily available for new students to undertake.

2 column general content block - 3.5 or 4.5 Year MRC funded PhD Studentships

4.5 Year MRC DTP Studentship


In the case of a 4.5 year studentship, the award may be linked to a Master's (MSc or MRes) studentship. The Master's programme will be taken in the first year of the 4.5 year award, and should be in a discipline relevant to the PhD project.

Successful applicants can choose from a selection of MSc and MRes courses, examples of which can be found in the postgraduate prospectus

Upon passing the Master's programme, students can subsequently enrol in a PhD project. Guidance on selecting research projects and supervisors is provided to successful candidates.

3.5 Year MRC DTP Studentship


In the case of the 3.5 year studentship, applicants who already hold, or expect to receive, a relevant Master's degree before they start their studentship may be exempt from year one of the programme and begin their PhD in the first year.

Guidance on selecting research projects and supervisors is provided to successful candidates.