MRC DTP studentships

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

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-17 INTAKE.  THE NEXT CALL WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER 2016.

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 2016-17. 

Strategic Themes

  • Informatics for Health
  • Experimental Medicine
  • Infection and Anti-microbial Research 

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23:59 on 11 January 2016, with notification of the application outcome by 31 March 2016 (please see the How to apply section).

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 Masters (MSc or MRes) studentship. The Masters 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 Masters programme, students can subsequently enrol in a PhD project. Guidance on selecting research projects and supervisors is provided to the 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 Masters 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 the successful candidates.