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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 molecular, cellular and tissue dynamics, microbiology and infection, applied biomedical technologies or artificial intelligence and data science.

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 is built on our renowned strength in quantitative imaging and will equip students with interdisciplinary skills to integrate theoretical sciences (Maths, Physical Sciences, Statistics, Computer Science) with experimental science (Biomedicine, Chemistry, Biotechnology) 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. DTP students 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 students for their next career stage, whether in academia or industry.

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.

Cohort activities

Students are instrumental to the success of our DTP and are 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.

How to join our MRC DTP

We are accepting applications for September 2019 entry until 15 November 2018. See How to Apply for more information.

Student view

Second 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.