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MRC DTP Studentships in Biomedical Sciences

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships 2017

  • MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Biomedical Sciences (DTP)
  • MRes/PhD Programme in Biomedical & Translation Science

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

Applications for MRC DTP Studentships open from Tuesday 18 April 10am, and close Sunday 7 May 23:59

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

We have a distinguished history in biomedicine and continue to be at the centre of cutting-edge discovery and applied research. Innovation and cross-discipline collaboration are central to our postgraduate research programmes.

We will challenge you to think critically, push boundaries and explore the unknown.

Our vision 

The objective of our Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) is to select the best students and provide them with excellent training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests.

We will equip them with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for the future of research, and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, business development and entrepreneurship) to ensure that they emerge as well-rounded scientists, prepared for their next career stage (whether in research or outside).

Our excellent clinical setting will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the context of research, and produce scientists with a strong translational ethos.

Flexible options

To deliver this strategy, we offer a dual four-year PhD structure, offering both a ‘0+4’ PhD-only track, and a ‘1+3’ MRes/PhD track with laboratory rotations. This recognises that outstanding students will come from a range of backgrounds, and have a range of interests and training needs. Importantly, both pathways provide adequate time for training in both experimental and broader research skills, with a particular focus on quantitative skills and research methodologies.

Strategic Themes

The DTP is organised into four strategic themes. These are intentionally broad to capture the breadth of our research (and infrastructure) and to allow student excellence to be the over-riding selection criterion.

Please note: for the purpose of this round of recruitment we are only considering applications for Theme 1 Projects

MRC DTP Director: Professor Michael Malim

Theme 1: Molecules, Cells and the Basis for Disease

This theme brings together stem cells and regenerative medicine (inc. cellular therapies), immunology, genetics, cellular biology (particularly relating to cancer), and biophysics. These areas – and particularly the interfaces between them – are current strengths and priorities for King’s.

Lead: Professor Rebecca Oakey

Theme 2: Neurosciences, Psychiatry and Mental Health

Priorities in this theme are linking developmental, molecular, cellular & systems neuroscience to clinical research; sensory disorders (including pain); neurodegeneration; experimental medicine in psychiatry; and the social sciences interface.

Lead: Professor Francesca Happe and Dr Sadrine Thuret

Theme 3: Physiological Medicine

This theme explores synergies between organ-based physiology disciplines and has a translational research emphasis, focusing on cardiovascular and respiratory disease, foetal and maternal health, and diabetes/obesity. These areas are the core of our Clinical Medicine research area, and link strongly into the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre. Links to other foci of scientific excellence (e.g. in vivo imaging, bioinformatics, computational modelling) underpin an interdisciplinary ethos.

Lead: Professor Catherine Shanahan

Theme 4: Imaging and Biomedical Engineering

This theme focuses on the link between biomedical and physical sciences – particularly physics, engineering and computational approaches. Clinical functional and molecular imaging (MRI, PET, X-MR and PET-MR) is a major strength, along with computational modelling and biomaterials (particularly in the Dental Institute).

Lead: Professor Phil Blower

These themes align with the MRC strategy and delivery plan 2015-2016.

Find out more about the MRC DTP progamme structure.

Contact Us

For further Information or queries relating to the application process please contact

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Mike Malim with students
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