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MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

The University of Manchester is one of the largest and most successful centres for biological, medical and health focused research and training in Europe. Researchers on our MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP) span the Faculties of Biology, Medicine and Health and Science and Engineering.

Our MRC DTP scheme represents flagship PhD training aimed at developing the next generation of outstanding researchers across the medical and health sciences. Our DTP postgraduate researchers (PGRs) play pivotal roles in the scientific outputs and health interventions of their host groups, and benefit from wider career enhancing activities such as placements, public engagement opportunities and networking events. We will also be offering a number of CASE Studentships, linked to an industrial partner. Our MRC PhD community currently extends to over 60 PGRs.

There is an exciting opportunity to benefit from our ‘Pathways to Impact’ funding scheme at the end of the PhD, providing additional support to our MRC DTP cohort in bridging the transition into the next phase of their career. This could form NHS/industrial internships; policy placements or structured lab rotations depending on individual career ambitions.

The MRC intake for 2022 offers three application pathways to choose from, as outlined on our website. All our MRC postgraduate researchers form one unified cohort, irrespective of the pathway through which their project was developed.

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentships

We are now recruiting to our next round of PhD studentships, commencing September 2022, some of which have industrial support and are advertised as ‘CASE Studentships’. Our 4 year fully-funded studentships are available in a range of academic disciplines and provide funding for fees, stipend and training/conference support at Research Council rates. 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 appropriate area of science, engineering or technology. A Masters qualification in a related area would be beneficial.

The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees and stipend only. However, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships for international applicants will only be awarded to the highest quality applicants, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.

Our MRC DTP projects focus on three overarching themes, and each project must cover at least two of these:

  • Discovery of Disease Mechanisms
  • Detection and Diagnosis
  • Developing Interventions

The training provided in our project reflects the MRC's skills priorities. All of our projects are required to include interdisciplinary training, generally through the composition of the supervisory team. In addition, each project must include training in Quantitative Skills, and/or Whole Organ(ism) Physiology.

For further details on our MRC DTP, details on how to apply and full eligibility requirements please visit our website:

Deadline for receipt of online applications is 12 November 2021.

Interviews will be held via Zoom week commencing 11 January 2022.

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