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MRC Doctoral Training Partnership projects

Our Medical Research Council (MRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) encourages the pairing of novel multidisciplinary PhD research with the next generation of leaders in health and biomedical provision.

Extra studentships available for September 2017

We have a number of potential projects available, associated with the MRC DTP, to commence in September 2017.  These are listed below.  In order to be considered, you need to complete an online application form as soon as possible (select MRC DTP PhD Programme on the online application form) and make contact with the Primary Supervisor about your application. 

Projects do not have a closing date, and we will take down projects as soon as they are filled.  Interviews will be held in Manchester from the middle of June.

Applicants must be from the UK/EU and have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years in order to be eligible to apply for these extra studentships.

To search for MRC DTP projects by keyword or supervisor name, do not remove "MRC DTP" from the search box - add your additional search criteria afterwards, eg "MRC DTP immune responses". Removing "MRC DTP" from this box will return all projects from across the University that meet your search criteria (both funded and self-funded).

Information about eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at the bottom of the page.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

Applications for projects for September 2017 are now closed.

Competition for these studentships is extremely high, so ensure you submit your online application in time, and make contact with potential supervisors directly. You may contact a Supervisor before submitting your application if you wish, but you will need to submit an online application before the closing date in order to be considered.

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On the online application form, select MRC DTP PhD Programme.  You can select more than one MRC DTP project/supervisor on one single application, but if you are considering other funded students (ie BBSRC, Wellcome Trust) then you need to submit separate applications for these schemes.

First of all, decide on the projects from the list below that are most relevant to your research interests. You may apply for up to three projects of interest on your application form. At this point, you are strongly encouraged to make direct contact with potential project supervisors to discuss their project and to arrange a meeting during October-December 2017. It is your responsibility to arrange meetings with Supervisors – if you are invited to an interview day, this is dictated by supervisor nominations, so you are unlikely to get nominated by a supervisor unless you have made contact with them, in addition to submitting an online application.

The University will be holding a Postgraduate Research Programmes Open Day in autumn 2017. At this event, there will be chance to come and talk to us about the MRC DTP. Therefore, if you are considering the Programme (and others) it would be worthwhile you attending. It would be a good opportunity for you to arrange to talk with prospective supervisors that day if you are coming from outside of Manchester. You should arrange any meetings with supervisors directly. Full information/registration details for the Open Day can be found here: University open days.

Minimum requirements for entry

Minimum entry requirements include: Candidates must:

  • be UK/EU nationals
  • be resident in the EU
  • holding (or due to obtain) qualifications in a relevant subject at the level of, or equivalent to, a good honours degree (ie a first or upper-second class honours degree)

Qualifications (or a combination of qualifications and experience) which demonstrate equivalent ability and attainment can also be considered.

For example, a less than sufficient first degree may be enhanced to meet the requirements by the acquisition of a master’s degree to enhance the first degree, e.g. from lower second to upper second. A related master’s degree is an advantage.

Shortlisting and interviews

Following submission of your formal online application and meetings with potential supervisors, we will confirm with shortlisted candidates directly before Christmas if they are invited to attend a formal panel interview.

Panel interviews will be held in Manchester in early 2018. During the panel interview you will be required to give a short presentation on your research experience or the project you are applying to.  If you have any questions about applications, please contact admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk or the Recruitment Manager Jessica Bowler.