Faculty of Medicine

MRC DTP Studentships

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Applications for 2014-15 are now closed and the 2015-16 call will open in September 2014.


3.5 or 4.5 Year MRC funded PhD Studentships

Imperial College London is offering ten MRC funded PhD studentships to start in 2014-15.  As part of this support, funding is provided at the end of three years for a six-month writing-up period.

  • Application deadline 21 November 2013
  • Interviews and confirmation to successful applicants by 20 December
PhD student analysing a blood sample


Applications for 2014-15 are now closed.

Applications for the 2015-16 intake will open in September 2014.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding the studentships or the application process please check the MRC Studentships Frequently Asked Questions page in the first instance. For any other queries, please email Mrs Nousheen Tariq at n.tariq@imperial.ac.uk.

Imperial MRC DTP Research Studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a 3.5 or 4.5 year training programme, that 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.

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 course 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/MRes courses, examples of which can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus or at the following links.

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.

The MRC DTP Studentships programme is lead by Dr Laki Buluwela.

Research and Achievements

MRC Studentships at Imperial College London are awarded to high calibre researchers who go on to conduct important research and gain recognition worldwide.  Research at Imperial is enabled by our world-class expertise and takes place in departments rated 5 and 5* in the last RAE. Research Projects are available across the College's research themes, with priority given to the following areas for the 2014 intake.

  • Genomic Medicine
  • Infection Immunity and Immunology
  • Stratified Medicine
  • Population Health

PhD studies undertaken as part of this program, in the last round, include:

  • Optogenetic disruption of climbing fibre input to cerebellar cortex
  • Phylodynamic analysis of the transmission and evolution of poliovirus and other rna viruses
  • Genetics and epidemiology of schistosomiasis
  • Structure vs. function in the human brain

Read about the research and achievements of current and past Imperial MRC Studentship recipients.

For further information about MRC research training and careers, please visit the MRC website, where you can learn more about MRC studentships, news and events for students.

MRC studentship recipients currently in their PhD phase are also eligible for the annual Max Perutz Science Writing Award which aims to bring a researcher's work to a much wider audience.  Please visit the MRC website to find out more about the Max Perutz Award.  Entries usually open at the beginning of May each year.  Read about Imperial's Scott Armstrong, winner of the first prize in the 2013 competition.


Please ensure you read our eligibility criteria before making an application. Exceptions cannot be made to these criteria so please check them carefully.

Also, please note that Imperial MRC DTP awards cannot be held in the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, which is an MRC unit within Imperial College London, and runs their own PhD program.

2014-2015 Award


British nationality applicants are eligible for both the cost of tuition fees and a yearly stipend currently at £17,500 per annum for the 2014-15 intake, over the course of the PhD programme and £15,740 per annum for the masters year.  There is also a conference allowance available, which is £300 p.a. for the duration of the PhD studentship.

EU nationality applicants who meet the relevant eligibility criteria are eligible for the same financial award as British nationality applicants.

Supervisors of studentship recipients in the PhD phase will receive £5,000 p.a. to assist them in providing sufficient resources through the student's PhD e.g. lab consumables, IT resources.


Please see the How to Apply section.  Deadline for receipt of applications is midnight 21 November 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the MRC DTP Studentships, please see the MRC Studentships Frequently Asked Questions page.

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