Eligibility criteria


This programme is now closed for applications

MRC Studentships are only available for studies which have not yet commenced. Those applying for a 3.5-year studentship must not have already started their PhD. Please ensure you read these eligibility criteria before making an application.

Imperial MRC DTP awards cannot be held in the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, which is an MRC unit within Imperial College London, and runs its own PhD programme.


Academic eligibility

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a first class or a good upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to their proposed field of research. Where an applicant does not meet this requirement (e.g. they hold a lower second class undergraduate degree), they are eligible to apply for a 3.5 year studentship if they hold, or expect to receive a master's degree with minimum merit pass or equivalent (in an area relevant to their proposed PhD) before starting their studentship.

Please note that international candidates may be subject to different entry requirements. Please refer to the Academic Requirements (Country and Region Index) guidance.

Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.


Residence eligibility

Following an announcement by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply for an MRC DTP studentship, and successful candidates will receive funding that includes tuition fees covered at home level. Please see the FAQs pagePlease also refer to further guidance from UKRI on changes to EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships.

Home students:
Successful home candidates will be awarded full funding. To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If an applicant does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an international student. 

International students:
Successful international candidates will be awarded an identical funding package as home candidates, with tuition fees covered at home level. Please also refer to further guidance from UKRI on changes to EU and International Eligibility for UKRI funded studentships.


Other funding sources

Please see the Imperial College London Scholarships Search Tool for other funding opportunities. Each opportunity has different eligibility criteria so please check carefully before applying.


For queries regarding the MRC DTP Studentships, please check the frequently asked questions page. For any remaining queries please contact Mrs Nousheen Tariq at feopostgradtm@imperial.ac.uk.