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MRC Clinical Sciences Centre fully funded studentships

We have multiple fully funded studentships available for our 3.5 year PhD programme commencing October 2020.

The LMS is a Medical Research Council funded Institute based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus of Imperial College London. We are seeking science graduates who are excited by science, tenacious, and curiosity-driven to join our international PhD programme. Research projects taking innovative experimental and computational approaches to advance the understanding of biology and its application to medicine are available across our 3 scientific sections: Epigenetics, Genes and Metabolism, and Integrative Biology.

The programme is designed for students who have a clear idea of the field in which they wish to work and who have solid laboratory or research experience. It provides the opportunity to undertake a PhD project that will make a novel contribution to scientific knowledge and understanding. These studentship provide a generous stipend (£21,000pa) and tuition fees for 3.5 years.

Interview Format

At our interviews candidates meet potential supervisors in three different settings:

  • The panel interview, where candidates discuss a previously assigned paper in depth, and also answer questions about their experience and reasons for pursuing a PhD. This is a formal interview that determines whether or not candidates are made an offer.
  • The poster session, where candidates have the chance to see what all the groups are working on, and to ask general questions. This is intended to help candidates choose which groups they would like to visit for individual, more detailed discussions (1:1 meetings). Candidates are not formally evaluated during the poster session.
  • The 1:1 meetings with supervisors. The purpose for these meetings is to find a good fit between student and supervisor. Based on the outcome of these meetings, offers are made to students to work in a particular group.


Applicants are expected to hold a first class or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in an appropriate science subject from a recognised university, and also have a Masters degree or equivalent research experience by the start of their PhD.

We have multiple fully funded studentships available for our 3.5 year PhD programme commencing October 2019

There are no residency restrictions for these studentships, although there is more funding available for UK/EU studentships, which make the International studentships highly competitive.

All applicants are also subject to Imperial College entry requirements (Including English Language Requirements for all non-native English speakers).

The deadline for applications is 01 December 2019

All completed applications forms and supporting references must be submitted by this date to be considered

Interview Dates: 23 & 24 January 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend both interview days


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Deciphering the regulation of fission yeast phenotypic heterogeneity by external conditionsDetails
Drosophila as a model to study redox signalling and diet-induced obesity in ageingDetails
Evolution of gene regulatory networks after gene duplicationDetails
How CRISPR/Cas9 Finds Off-TargetsDetails
How does the microbiome affect behaviour? Discovering neuroactive compounds made by bacteriaDetails
Investigating host-microbial crosstalk, immunity and tissue repair at the intestinal barrierDetails
Investigating the importance of lipid metabolism in liver cancerDetails
Investigating the role of gut microbes in regulating hallmarks of AgeingDetails
Lineage-specific factors that bookmark the genome to maintain epigenetic inheritance through mitosisDetails
Mapping the 3D structure of the gut to investigate inter-organ signalling in humans and fliesDetails
Mathieu Latreille /Cellular Identity and MetabolismDetails
Molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic SMC complexesDetails
Regulation of innate immune response by enhancer elements and genetic variants within themDetails
Regulation of mitotic and meiotic chromosome function by different cohesin complexesDetails
Role of RNA decay SKI complex in telomere maintenance, DNA damage response and human THES syndrome.Details
Senescence and the SASP: implications in cancer and ageingDetails
Three-dimensional genome wide association study of cardiac motionDetails
Understanding obesity: studies on the top-down control of feeding behaviourDetails

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