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Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD

Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD

Combining the vocational training of a medical degree with the research expertise of a PhD.

The Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD is a funded three-year programme aimed at undergraduate medical students who wish to train as clinician scientists.

This training route will see students intercalating after either Year 2 or 3 of the MBChB to spend 3 years dedicated to completing a PhD award, combining their medical training with research training in the area of inflammation sciences.

Why should I do a PhD during the MBChB?

Students will get a head start in their academic career; the skills acquired can be applied in many areas of medicine, and they will learn valuable critical appraisal skills early.

On completion of the MB-PhD, students graduate as a doctor at the forefront of their field.

Inflammation is such a broad area that it can be applied in all aspects of medicine/surgery/GP. Students will develop invaluable transferable skills and be fully equipped to start a career in clinical research.

Inflammation is linked to areas of medicine such as:

  • arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • immunology
  • dermatology
  • gastroenterology
  • infection
  • cardiovascular disease
  • orthopaedics
  • respiratory disease.

Example projects are available on our website.


Students will benefit from a bespoke training and mentorship programme alongside their research project. As postgraduate researchers in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, students will also have access to the Doctoral Academy Training programme to develop transferable skills.


Year 1

  • Programme induction
  • Upskilling in inflammation course
  • Computational biology course
  • Project specific training/development

Year 2

  • Training activities to support career development
  • Mentorship programme

Year 3

  • Training activities to support career development
  • Mentorship programme
  • Preparation for thesis submission/viva
  • Support for returning to the MBChB core programme


Successful applicants will receive a PhD studentship for the three-year duration of the programme.

These studentships include:

  • full funding for PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate)
  • lab costs/running expenses
  • a stipend of £19,000 per annum for living costs.

International (including EU) candidates should contact us at to discuss a fee scholarship that is available to the highest-performing international applicant.

For further details including how to apply and full eligibility requirements please visit our website:

Deadline for internal candidates: 26 May 2023

Interviews will be held w/c 9 June 2023

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