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Wellcome Trust Advanced Therapies for Regenerative Medicine MRes and PhD

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Applications for Cohort 2023 will open in late October 2022

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This programme aims at training a new generation of researchers in advanced therapies for regenerative medicine. As cell and gene therapies enter the clinic in increasing numbers, there is a need to foster the basic science that underpin new therapies and introduce PhD scientists to the challenges and opportunities involved in translation and commercialisation. Our programme is designed for students, who wish to carry out high quality lab-based fundamental research and find solutions to challenging medical problems.

The programme provides an interdisciplinary training. PhD supervisors have been selected across departments from King’s campuses, for their expertise in core areas of relevance to regenerative medicine, including cell transplantation, gene therapy and endogenous tissue repair. Supervisors also have expertise in stem cell and developmental biology and knowledge of bioengineering, disease modelling, drug screens and cell tracking in patients. Students will appreciate the creative possibilities of working at the interface between different fields.

The Wellcome Trust ‘Advanced Therapies for Regenerative Medicine’ Doctoral Training Programme builds on our previous experience of creating a successful Wellcome Trust PhD programme in regenerative medicine.

In line with the Wellcome’s new Research Culture (#ReimagineResearch), we are committed to provide scientific excellence in a positive working environment. Our programme will develop and share practices that bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of our training strategy and your research journey.

We offer:

  • 6 fully funded studentships which include a stipend, university fees, research costs, and funds for travel, training and career transitions

  • world-class scientific training, provided in a flexible, student-led fashion, by interdisciplinary supervisor teams

  • individualised training and support (including financial) to help you transition out of the programme into your chosen career – be it inside or outside of academia

  • an inclusive training environment: our management team and supervisor pool are diverse and open, and we welcome applicants from communities that are currently under-represented in academia

  • a positive research culture, which includes training on research integrity, data data management, ethics and transparency

Key information

Duration 4 years (MRes 1 year + PhD 3 years) with flexible funds for transition activities in year 5

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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The programme comprises one year of rotations and 3 years of research. In the first year, students undertake a Master in Research (MRes) in Biomedical and Translational Science (BTS). The experience the student gains in year 1 will lay the foundation for the remaining 3 years of the PhD programme.

Throughout your course, there are many cohort building opportunities, such as the ‘movie nights’, ‘stem cells@lunch’ seminar series, and public engagements events. You will also have the opportunity to connect with PhD students on other doctoral training programmes at King’s (e.g. other Wellcome-DTPs & MRC-DTP) through research symposia, joint social events and student clubs.

Year 1

Students undertake 12-week rotations in three different laboratories, which they will select from a list of supervisors participating in the programme. Supervisors have been selected across King’s campuses for their expertise in core areas of relevance to regenerative medicine. In addition to lab-based projects, students will also attend experimental skills workshops (e.g. statistics and imaging), specialist lectures and practical workshops on stem cells, regenerative medicine and advanced therapies; will also have the opportunity to write a scientific review for publication.

Year 2 to 4

Students will choose one or aspects of several of their rotation projects to further develop into their thesis work for the final three years of the programme. Each student will have the opportunity to undertake an internship (ranging from a few days to three months) to enhance lab skills; provide exposure to different working environments (including the commercial sector); foster collaborations and stimulate interdisciplinary research.

Career Options

Year 1 – 4: From the outset, the programme emphasizes growing as a scientist, exploring post-PhD opportunities, and the scientist in society. In Year 1, students will participate to master classes to gain perspectives on diverse aspects of research, policy and careers. In Years 2-4, students will take attend lectures and evening talks to gain perspectives on diverse aspects of a career inside or outside academia, in addition to access to King’s Researcher Development Unit. Presenting their work in multiple settings including an international conference will further aid networking opportunities.

Year 5: The studentship includes funds to allow a tailored transition activity that helps you embark on your chosen post-PhD career path with the assistance of the PhD Oversight Committee. For example, a short post-doc to complete a publication, training to acquire special skills or trial a career outside academia in areas, such as publishing, teaching, policy, business or industry.

Head of group/division

Dr Francesca Spagnoli (Programme Director) and Professor Steven Sacks (Deputy Director).

Contact for information

The Wellcome PhD Programme Manager: Dr Fay Minty

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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Wellcome Trust research entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements  

You will require at least an upper second class undergraduate degree, or equivalent in a STEM discipline.

Candidates who already hold a Master’s degree can still apply and will need to complete the first year.


Home and EU students are fully eligible. 

International - A limited number of fully-funded places (including international tuition fees) will also be available for international students. 

International requirements  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements to ensure you have the equivalence of a 2:1 Class Bachelor (Honours) degree.

English Language requirements Band D

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English language proficiency test results 


Application procedure

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Personal statement and supporting information

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Course intake

Six students annually in September

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Not applicable

Application closing date

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Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

Funding for this programme is provided by the Wellcome Trust (5 studentships) and King’s College London (1 studentship). Successful applicants will receive a generous stipend (see “What we offer” at https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/schemes/four-year-phd-programmes-studentships-basic-scientists), their university fees in full, research costs, and funds for travel, training and career transitions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Research careers mainly in academia and industry (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, etc).


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