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WMS MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The MRC DTP in a nutshell

What if you could train with the very best professional researchers in cutting-edge laboratories, have the opportunity to make a real impact in biomedical research and be part of a vibrant student community?

Our MRC DTP programme in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research is a 1+3 MSc/PhD programme.

Our innovative training will give you the opportunity to gain intellectual and practical skills to become part of the next generation of well-rounded biomedical research leaders.

You will follow an MSc course combining taught modules and laboratory-based research projects and, upon successful completion, progress onto a 3 year PhD in the areas of:

Find out more about our exciting research opportunities here.

Our Core Philosophy

We are committed to creating future scientific leaders equipped for multidisciplinary biomedical research.

  • The MRC DTP in IBR will equip you with interdisciplinary skills to integrate experimental science (Biomedicine, Chemistry, Biotechnology) with theoretical sciences (Maths, Physical Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science) and drive forward discovery and translational research in biomedicine.
  • The programme is part of a wider interactive student community and provides a real-world multidisciplinary experience through shared activities. As a DTP student, you will work alongside students in the EPSRC-funded Molecular and Analytical Sciences Centre for Doctoral Training (MAS CDT) and students in the BBSRC-funded Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP).
  • We are dedicated to providing key transferable skills and will support any specific training and/or personal development to thoroughly prepare you for your next career stage, whether in academia or industry.

Cohort activities

You are instrumental to the success of our DTP and you will be encouraged to lead social events, share research within the DTP community and externally, and overall contribute to the wider programme. We are committed to taking on board student feedback to align student need with our training.

See here for details on chalks talks, student conferences and other student activities.

Additional opportunities for training and international research

  • The MRC funds a Flexible Training Award for students registered on the PhD to undertake exceptional training opportunities or for outstanding students to transition from PhD to first post-doc positions.
  • Students have the fantastic opportunity to spend 3 to 12 months at either an A*STAR research institute in Singapore or the MRC Unit, The Gambia as part of a collaborative PhD project. See here for more information.

How to join our MRC DTP

We are not currently accepting applications for September 2020 entry.

Student view

Third year MRC DTP student Filipe tells us about his experiences of the course.

A unique multidisciplinary training environment, providing core skills in biology, computation and physical sciences.