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3 Year Funded Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD

Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD

Combine 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 for undergraduate medical students who wish to train as clinician scientists.

This training route allows you to intercalate after either year 2 or 3 of the MBChB to spend 3 years dedicated to completing a PhD award, combining medical training with research training in the area of inflammation sciences.

This fully funded programme is open to applications for September 2024 until 27 May 2024.

Why should I do a PhD during the MBChB?

You’ll get a head start in your academic career; the skills acquired can be applied in many areas of medicine, and you’ll learn valuable critical appraisal skills early.

On completion of the MB-PhD, you’ll graduate as a doctor at the forefront of your field.

Inflammation is such a broad area that it can be applied in all aspects of medicine, surgery and general practice. You’ll 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.

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You’ll benefit from a bespoke training and mentorship programme alongside your research project. As a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, you’ll 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 which will include:

  • full funding for PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate)
  • lab costs/running expenses
  • a tax free stipend for living costs: Year 1: £23,000, Year 2: £24,759, Year 3: £26,000

International candidates should contact our Doctoral Academy Admissions team by emailing 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:

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interviews will be held w/c 9 June 2024