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MRC DTP Studentships in Biomedical Sciences

How to apply

Applications for 2019 entry MRC DTP studentships are now closed.

Award types and eligibility 

The DTP will fund full studentships each year; 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 2018/2019 this will be £16,777 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 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 three years prior to the 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 BSc. 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.

You can contact the King’s Admissions team for further information at

How to apply


                                Applications are now closed.

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 (as shown in the image below):

  • Under Programme Name type ‘MRC DTP Studentships’
  • The MRC DTP PhD Programme will be listed

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Once the programme has been selected, please select the start date (only 1 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 five 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: 

  • Tell us why you would like to apply for this programme
  • Indicate why you have chosen the three projects
  • Tell us about any relevant skills, knowledge and research experience, including employment.
  • Tell us your short-term aims and long-term career ambitions
  • Tell us what makes you a good candidate for this programme

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

NOTE: If you are an EU Applicant, please attached a compete Fee Status Questionneir to the Personal Statement section, this is a mandatory requirement of all EU Applicants.

  • References: Contact details for two academic referees or relevant employers in research institutions/companies (we will then contact your referees directly). Note that academic referees must have university email addresses and employer references should have the official email address of the company (gmail, hotmail etc addresses are not acceptable). 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 note: do ensure to start your application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them.

Funding: In the funding section of the online application form please enter the funding code that corresponds to the theme in which your first choice project is listed:

  • MRCDTP2019_Theme1
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme2
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme3
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme4 

For example if your first choice project falls under Theme 3: Physiological Medicine, the code that you should enter is ‘MRCDTP2019_Theme3’.

Research Proposal Section:

Project Title: Inset funding code that corresponds to the theme in which you first choice project is listed:

  • MRCDTP2019_Theme1
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme2
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme3
  • MRCDTP2019_Theme4

State your three preferred PhD projects from the list of PhD projects on offer for 2018/19. These should be listed in order of preference and you should include the number that is assigned to the project and the project title. Please list these in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section of the application, for example:

17.1 ‘’Project Title’’

27.1 ‘’Project Title’’

2.1   ‘’Project Title’'

  • And finally, check and submit your application.
Project Selection:

You should note that all projects identified as MRC DTP Projects are available as 1+3 (MRes + PhD) or as a straight 4 year PhD. The final decision on which pathway is taken these will be made in consultation with candidates who are offered a studentship.

You may contact project supervisors for further information on possible project opportunities. This does not commit a candidate to these laboratories

Important Notes


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the week commencing Week commencing 7th January 2019 if invited to interview.

Interviews: Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st January 2019

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