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The MRC funding available supports Home/EU students within standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for the full studentship if they have lived, working or studied in the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. Please read the MRC’s residency requirements for studentships to determine whether you are eligible for an award before you start the application process.  If you have been classed as ‘overseas’ for fees purposes by the institution you are applying for admission to, you will not be eligible.  More information regarding eligibility can be found on the MRC website.

The programme is very competitive and applicants must have, or be predicted to obtain, a high quality BSc degree with a 1st or a high 2:1. Alternatively, students must have a master’s qualification at Merit/Distinction grade.

King's Apply

All applications must be submitted via the King’s Apply Portal. We will not accept any other form of application. Read our Application Process information for further details and instructions on how to apply.

On your application you must provide the contact details of two academic referees. If you feel it would be more appropriate, we can accept one reference from a non-academic research environment, e.g.: an employer from a research institution or company.

Note: academic references must list a university email address and employer referees should list the official email address of the company. If you already have two references you can scan and upload these directly to King’s Apply instead (note that they must be signed and on headed paper).

Note: it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure references are submitted to the portal by the application deadline. Be sure to start your application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them.

The Admissions Team can add any attachments to your application if you send it as an attachment to a message via the King’s Apply portal. If you have any problems, please get in touch with mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk for support.

We will be accepting applications up until 23.59 on Sunday 26th November 2017. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. We advise that you do not wait to submit your application until close to the deadline, in case there are problems with uploading documents etc. Applications missing mandatory attachments may not be considered for shortlisting.

Yes. 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 below for an example). Please list three projects of interest in order of preference in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section (see below for an example).

Project Title: Insert funding code: MRCDTP2018_Theme 1

State your three preferred PhD projects from the list of PhD projects on offer for 2018/19. These should be listed in order of preference and you should include the number that is assigned to the project and the project title. Please list these in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section of the application, for example:

17.1 ‘’Project Title’’

27.2  ‘’Project Title’’

2.1   ‘’Project Title’’

You do not need to take an English Language Test before making submitting the application. However, should you be successful in gaining a place of the programme, this will become a condition of your offer and an IELTS test must be taken before we can make an unconditional offer.

Further information is available on English Language requirements.

Please ensure that you include your MSc as part of the Education section of the application. Please upload the certificate/transcripts from your Undergraduate Degree as part of your application. If you are unsure, please contact the Admissions Team via the messaging service on the portal.

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)
  • 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).
  • CV*: upload a PDF copy of your CV as an attachment to the Personal Statement Section.
  • Fee Status Questionnaire: If you are an EU Applicant, please attach a complete a MRC DTP Fee Status Questionnaire 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 in order of preference in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section (see below drop down for an example).

If you have any queries about the King’s Apply portal, please get in touch with the Admissions Team directly via the messaging service on the portal.

Application Process



Meet the Team

Professor Mike Malim MRC DTP Director
King’s Apply Portal Opens for Applications Monday 23rd October 2017
 Postgraduate Open Evening – Health Research   Wednesday 18th October, 5pm – 7.30pm
King’s Apply Portal Closes for Applications Sunday 26th November 2017, 23:59
Applicants informed of application outcome w/c 8th January, 2018
Interviews Wednesday 31st January & Thursday 1st February 2018
Applicants informed of interview outcome w/c 5th February 2018
Acceptance of studentship offer and selection of research pathway deadline Tuesday 20th February 2018
0+3.5 students Project selection deadline Friday 30th March 2018

All available PhD Projects for 2018/2019 will be advertised on our Project Page from Monday 26th October. There are four project catalogues: one per theme.

You can pick any three projects; they do not need to be within the same theme.

All shortlisted applicants will be informed no later than 17th January 2018. If you have not received an email invitation by the 17th January 2018, unfortunately you have not been successful this time. Please take a look at other studentships available in the Health Faculties at King’s.

All interviews will take place on Wednesday 31st January & Thursday 1st February 2018; please ensure you are available to attend on either day. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on of these dates at Guy’s Campus, St Thomas’ Campus or Denmark Hill Campus. Interviewees are expected to attend all day to engage with the recruitment activities including: an interview panel, tours of facilities, meeting with prospective supervisors, meeting current students and a social event.

No. You will only be interviewed once; and in most cases this will be with the panel corresponding to your first choice project.

The MRC DTP will be at the King’s Postgraduate Research Open Evening on Wednesday 18th October, 5pm – 7.30pm on Guy’s Campus.

During the evening you will be able to attend an introduction talk and student panel, join academic staff and research students for light refreshments, and take an optional tour of the campus. Book here!


All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their interview in the week commencing 5th February 2017. You may request individual feedback from your interview panel.

Following acceptance of the offer of a place, King’s Apply will be updated to initiate the formal acceptance process. All applicants will receive an offer letter from the KCL Admissions Department. For students joining the straight PhD pathway, the official offer will be conditional on submitting a complete Project Approval Form (PAF). Our MRC DTP Manager will guide you and your co-supervisors through completing this document and the deadlines to meet for submission.

Yes! All new students will be assigned a buddy in the Spring before you arrive. Your buddy will be a current MRC DTP student; they will send you regular updates about what’s going on in the programme and you can keep in touch with any questions you have. In the early Summer, you will receive an invitation to select the training workshops you would like to attend in your first year on the programme (via email invitation) and our MRC DTP Coordinator will be in touch over the Summer to complete paperwork etc.

For September 2018, new students will be invited to the MRC DTP Induction on Monday 17th September.

0+3.5 students: once students have accepted their offer of a place on the programme they will be asked to confirm their project choice by no later than 31st March 2018. Once this decision has been made, the MRC DTP Manager will prepare the Project Approval Form (PAF) to be completed by the student’s co-supervisors. Students will be included in all correspondance regarding the PAF.

1+3 students: project catalogues will be sent to 1+3 students in the summer. Students are expected to speak with potential supervisors over the summer months and will confirm rotations in:

Rotation 1: September (following induction)

Rotation 2: December

Rotation 3: March/April

In early July our MRC DTP Training and Research Coordinator will send all new students a link to an electronic booking system. This system will have details of both mandatory and optional training courses with information about when the workshops are scheduled to take place. You will receive guidance on how to use this system to book your workshop. Take a look at our current workshop and training courses.

If your question is not answered in the FAQ’s, please get in touch with the MRC DTP Team at mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk. We will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.