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Fully Funded 4 year MRes-PhD studentships

Fully Funded 4 year MRes-PhD studentships

Start Date: Mid September 2024
Application Deadline: 1st Round, Midnight 1st December 2023
2nd Round: early February 2024

Do you want to make a difference in patients’ lives? Are you interested in combatting major global infectious diseases? Do you want advanced training in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions and/or immunology? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should consider the MRes-PhD studentships offered by the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter (MRC CMM).

The MRC CMM is a world-leading research centre at University of Exeter that is helping to tackle the major global threats to human health caused by fungal diseases. The MRC CMM hosts an interdisciplinary group of internationally renowned scientists who study both the host and the fungal pathogen, and is one of the largest such Centres in the world. The mission of the Centre is to facilitate pioneering cross-disciplinary research to substantially advance our understanding of life-threatening fungal infections. These advances will impact patient lives through improved prevention, diagnosis and treatments.

Fully Funded 4 year MRes-PhD studentships

These four-year studentships start with a 1-year Master of Research (MRes) degree that provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in fungal infectious disease, including one research project on host-pathogen interactions and a second on fungal pathogen biology. On successful completion of the MRes, students then progress to their 3-year PhD, choosing their cross-disciplinary PhD project from a broad selection of peer-reviewed proposals across the Centre’s 5 Research Themes. Students will be supported with a research budget of £9k per annum. Students also receive additional research skills training, personal and career development opportunities, funding for travel to conferences and workshops, and support from mentors who provide independent career advice. Successful applicants will benefit from our vibrant, friendly and collegiate atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary nature of the world-leading science being performed in our Centre.

To find out more about our MRC CMM team and its wide-ranging expertise which enables the development of unique synergies within the Centre, facilitating the simultaneous analysis of both the host and pathogen to determine their individual contributions to the pathogenesis of disease, visit our websites and

Funding and Eligibility

The studentships are funded by the Medical Research Council in partnership with the University of Exeter and include a tax-free stipend, tuition fees and research costs for the four years. Funding is available to both UK and International candidates.

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the centre.

For general enquiries regarding the programme, please contact us at

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS (and no less than 6.0 in any section) by the start of the programme. Please click here for further information.

Application process

Please provide:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project.
  3. Personal statement sharing your future ambitions and how this MRes-PhD programme will enable you to achieve those ambitions.
  4. Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained. This should be an interim transcript if you are still studying.
  5. Copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if relevant).
  6. Two References (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee if the two academic referees are within the same department/school).

If shortlisted for interview, reference letters must be received 7 days prior to the interview.

Application deadline: We anticipate several recruitment rounds for four studentships available in total this year. The recruitment will cease once the four positions have been filled.The recruitment will cease once the four positions have been filled. The closing date for the 1st round of applications is midnight Thursday 1st December 2023. Immediately after the deadline we will reopen for the 2nd round of applications (with an expected deadline on early February 2024).

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