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MRC DTP Studentships in Biomedical Sciences

MRC DTP PhD Studentships in Advanced Therapeutics, Health Informatics & Digital Technologies (October 2017)

 

Applications open: Thursday 11 May

 

     Applications close: Sunday 4 June 23:59


King’s College London are seeking 8 students of academic excellence to join our health faculties.

Human health is a dominant and unifying theme at King’s, which is internationally recognised for excellence in its training programmes in biomedical and health research.

MRC DTP PhD Studentships in Advanced Therapeutics, Health Informatics & Digital Technologies

8 3.5 year fully-funded PhDs are available to commence in October 2017. The successful candidates will pursue a 3.5 year PhD and will be part of the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. They will start immediately on their PhD research project in October 2017 and will further benefit from the core and specialised research training, personal mentorship and cohort activities that are provided through the MRC DTP.

Project descriptions will be available to applicants that are shortlisted for interview. The projects available will align to MRC priority research areas and include both fundamental discovery and applied topics:

Digital Technologies and Informatics for Health

The scale and complexity of biomedical and health data is increasing through a variety of sources, including large population and cohort studies, high-throughput ‘omics’ platforms, imaging, and mobile, patient centred technologies. Bringing these and other data together for analysis and interpretation offers unprecedented opportunities to advance understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of disease.

Advanced Therapeutics

The UK has a world-leading science base in regenerative medicine and gene therapy, built on strong fundamental research and training, clinical-research pull-through, and a well-developed legislative framework. Substantial progress has been made in the field in recent years in better understanding the underlying biology which in turn has led to more researchers moving into translational regenerative medicine.

Entry Requirements

Applications open: Thursday 11 May
Applications close: Sunday 4 June 23:59

Award types and eligibility

The MRC DTP PhD Studentships in Advanced Therapeutics, Health Informatics & Digital Technologies  are 3.5 year studentships; this includes tuition fees, stipend and bench fee.

Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study, this rate will be in line with the MRC’s minimum rates. For 2017-18 this will be £16,553 per annum.

Bench fees: A generous allowance will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.

Eligibility: The MRC funding available supports Home/EU students within standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for three years prior to funding commencing. More information can be found on the MRC website. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from non-EU candidates.

Entry requirements

The programme is very competitive and applicants must have or be predicted to obtain a high quality B.Sc. degree with a 1st or a high 2.1, or a master’s qualification at Merit/Distinction grade.

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English requirements of the Faculty [Band D] as prescribed by the University’s English Language requirements.

If you are unable to provide this confirmation before applying any offer you are made would be conditional upon you meeting these requirements prior to enrolment and no later than the 31st of August 2017. You can contact the King’s Admissions team for further information.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the King’s Apply system.You will need to register an account to log onto the system.

Selecting the programme to apply to:

-Under Programme Name type ‘MRC DTP PhD Studentships in Advanced Therapeutics, Health Informatics & Digital Technologies’

- Select the programme listed

Once the programme has been selected, please select the start date (only one is available) and read the on-screen information about how to progress through the application.

Please be sure to complete the following sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with a red asterisk next to them are mandatory and you will not be able to submit without answering these):

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Employment history (you will be able to enter up to 5 sets of employment information)
  • The ‘Nature of work’ field allows only 50 characters, but you can upload further employment information on the references screen.
  • Supporting statement.  Please include your personal statement in this section. You should type your personal statement directly into the Personal Statement free text box (Personal Statements uploaded onto the application as a separate PDF will not be accepted). There is a 4000 character limit, so please ensure that any text you plan to copy and paste into the box is within these limits (you should note that the Personal Statement character limit includes punctuation and spaces and so may differ from the character count in your source text).

Your personal statement should include the following elements:

  • Why do you want to join this PhD programme? Try to convey your enthusiasm and motivation for research. Do you understand the demands of postgraduate research?
  • Why King’s College London? 
  • What is the relevance of your first degree to this study? Comment on relevance of courses you have taken at university. Point out any circumstances that may have effected your academic results, that you think should be considered.
  • What academic skills have you got to offer? Knowledge of relevant scientific topics and techniques. Experiences of research projects you have done. Academic prizes you have been awarded.
  • What personal skills can you offer?
    Demonstrate that you have considered your strengths and weaknesses for postgraduate research. Can you demonstrate the dedication and resilience required to complete a PhD?
  • What are your strengths? 
     In what ways are you better than other applicants?
  • What are your career aims?

NOTE: Upload a PDF copy of your CV as an attachment to the Personal Statement section.

NOTE: If you are an EU Applicant, please attach a complete Fee Status Questionnaire to the Personal Statement Section, this is a mandatory requirement for all EU applicants.

  • References: Contact details for two academic referees or relevant employers in research institutions/companies (we will then contact your referees directly). If you are currently at university or have recently graduated, then at least one of the referees must be an academic. Note that academic referees must have university email addresses and employer references should have the official email address of the company. If you already have two academic references, you can scan and upload these instead (note that they must be signed and on headed paper). 

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure we have received the references by Sunday 4 June 2017, so ensure to start your application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them.

Finally, check and submit your application.

Important Notes:

Deadline for applications: Sunday 4th June, 23:59

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the week commencing 19th June if invited to an interview.

Interviews: Wednesday 28th June.

The MRC DTP Studentships in Advanced Therapeutics, Health Informatics & Digital Technologies will commence in October 2017.

Contact Us

For further Information or queries relating to the application process please contact: mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply?

See the ‘How to Apply’ section (above) for further details and instructions on how to apply.

Q: Do I need a master’s degree to apply?

No. The programme is very competitive and applicants must have, or be predicted to obtain, a high quality BSc degree with a 1st or a high 2:1. Alternatively, students must have a master’s qualification at Merit/Distinction grade.

Q. Am I eligible to apply?

The MRC funding available supports Home/EU students with standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. More information can be found on the MRC website. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from non-EU candidates.

Q. How many referees do I need?

On your application, you must provide the contact details of two academic referees. If you feel it would be more appropriate, we can accept one reference from a non-academic research environment, e.g.: an employer from a research institution or company.

Note: academic references must list a university email address and employer referees should list the official email address of the company. If you already have two references you can scan and upload these instead (note that they must be signed and on headed paper).

Note: references must be received by 23:59 on Sunday 4th June 2017. Be sure to start your application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them. It is your responsibility as the applicant to ensure the references are submitted by the deadline.

Q. Where can I find a list of the projects available?

Projects will be made available to applicants invited to interview.

Q. When is the deadline for applications?

We will be accepting applications up until 23.59 on Sunday 4th June 2017. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. We advise that you do not wait to submit your application until close to the deadline, in case there are problems with uploading documents etc.

Q. How do I know that my application is complete?

Complete applications must have:

  • All fields complete on the King’s Apply system
  • Personal Statement (please pay special attention to your personal statement. Guidance is offered on what to address in the ‘How to Apply’ information).
  • CV attached to Personal Statement section of the application form.
  • Two references to be received by 23:59 on Sunday 4th June 2017.
  • Evidence of Education Qualifications (attached to the application)
  • Completed Fee Status Questionnaire only if you are an EU Applicant (attached to personal statement section)

Q. When will I know I have been shortlisted?

All shortlisted applicants will be informed no later than Wednesday 21st June. If you have not received an email invitation by this date, unfortunately you have not been successful this time. Please take a look at other Health School Studentships available at King's.

Q. Where and when will the interviews take place?

The interviews will take place on Wednesday 28th June on Guy’s Campus.

Q. I have just finished my MSc and do have my transcripts or certificate yet, what should I do?

Please ensure that you include your MSc as part of the Education section of the application. Please upload the certificate/transcripts from your Undergraduate Degree as part of your application.

Q. Do I have to take my IELTS test before making my application?

You do not need to take an English Language Test before making the application. However, should you be successful this will become a condition of your offer and an IELTS test must be taken before we can make an unconditional offer. Further information is available on English Language requirements.

Q. Who do I contact if my question in not answered in the FAQ’s?

Please send your question to mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk. We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. If you’re enquiry relates to the King’s Apply system, please get in touch with the King’s Admissions Team.

 

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