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MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Biomedical Sciences - Programme in Biomedical & Translational Science MRes & PhD

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The MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP) is seeking outstanding students with a keen interest in biomedical research to join our health faculties. The objective of our DTP is to select the best students and provide them with excellent training, tailored flexibly to their individual needs and interests. We will equip students with the intellectual and technical skills needed for the future of research, and complement this with key transferable skills. The DTP is organised into four strategic themes. We offer fully funded studentships (including stipend, tuition fees and consumables) to start in September each year (applications open in October – November each year). The DTP offers a dual PhD structure, offering both a 0+3.5 PhD only track, and a 1+3 MRes/PhD track with three laboratory rotations.

Key information

Duration MRes 1 year + PhD 3 years or 3.5 year PhD. All students to register in September.

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London



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We are committed to the development of the next generation of biomedical scientists and research leaders. The close partnerships of King’s College London with outstanding Hospitals, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, will ensure all students benefit from an understanding of the wider context of biomedical research, and produce scientists with a strong translational ethos.

The MRC DTP will:

◾Equip students with the intellectual and technical skills that are needed for the future of research, and complement this with key transferable skills (including public engagement, entrepreneurship and linking with industry)

◾Position students at the core of our scholarship in biomedical research, while delivering bespoke personal development to support the specific training needs of each individual

◾Ensure that students emerge from the programme as rigorous, well rounded and intellectually nimble scientists, prepared for their next career stage


Programme Core (Year 1)

All students will undertake a common ‘Core Research Skills’ training programme. This will focus on quantitative (including statistical) skills, identified both internally and externally as a key gap in current provisions, but will also cover research ethics and integrity, critical interpretation of literature and related topics. Taught elements early in the course will be reinforced by more applied workshops through the year.


Depending on the training pathway (1+3 or 0+3.5), students will undertake 5 or 8 skills-based modules (each typically 2-3 days). These will underpin specialised training in our priority research areas. The following are examples of skills modules available, and the options will be reviewed annually with staff and student input: Genetics/Genomics, Quantitative/Statistical Genetics, Biology & Ethics of Stems Cells, Optical Imaging, Mass Spectrometry, Computational Biology, Flow Cytometry, Experimental Neuroscience, Animal Models & Behaviour, Electrophysiology, Medical Imaging Sciences.

Public engagement/ science communication, entrepreneurship & commercialisation (years 2 to 4): students will be trained in these important facets of biomedical research (later in their PhD studies for maximum relevance).

  • Training

The training of PhD students in the DTP is designed to meet the ambitions of the “Statement of Expectations for Postgraduate Training” published by the Research Councils, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and the Wellcome Trust. This statement defines expectations of the research organisation and also of students.

In essence the expectation is that we should provide exceptional training opportunities while students should manage and direct their research and, importantly, develop higher-level capabilities.

Head of group/division

Professor Michael Malim - School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences

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Course website

www.kcl.ac.uk/health/study/studentships/mrc-dtp-kbi-studentships/index.aspx https://kcl-mrcdtp.com/

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MRC Biomedical Science
 Minimum UK requirements   Scientific undergraduate degree class 2.1 or higher
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

All applications must be submitted via King’s Apply no later than Sunday 25th November 2018, midnight.

You will need to register an account to log onto the system.

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

Once the programme has been selected, please select the start date (only one date is available) and read the on-screen information about how to progress through the application. Please pay careful attention to the on-screen information; it is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documents.

Please be sure to complete the following sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with an asterisk 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)
  • CV*: upload a PDF copy of your CV as an attachment to the Employment History Section.
  • The ‘Nature of work’ field allows only 50 characters, but you can upload further employment information on the references screen
  • Personal 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).
  • Fee Status Questionnaire: If you are an EU Applicant, please attach a complete MRC DTP Fee Status Questionnaire 2018 Entry 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).
  • 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 (see drop down menu below for all funding codes).
  • Research Proposal*: In the research proposal section, please enter the funding code that corresponds to the theme in which your first choice project is listed as the ‘Project Title’ (see drop down menu below for all funding codes). Please list three projects of interest (from the 2018 MRC DTP Catalogues) in order of preference in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section (see below drop down for an example).

Finally, check and submit your application.

Course intake


Application closing date

Sunday 26th November 2017, midnight

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Fees and funding

All MRC DTP Studentships are fully-funded for eligible applicants. Funding is provided by the MRC, King’s College London and the King’s College London Health Faculties. Please see the MRC DTP website for further funding details.

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