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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.

Projects available for 2017 are listed below.

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

Projects for September 2017 can be viewed above.

Online applications should be submitted no later than Friday 18 November 2016, 5pm.

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.

Click for information on how to apply.

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 2016. 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 on Wednesday 2 November 2016. 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 on Wednesday 11 January and Friday 13 January 2017.  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 or the Recruitment Manager Jessica Bowler.