Do I meet the residency requirements to apply?

Only applicants with Home Fee status are eligible to apply for the 2022 entry round 2 recruitment (Friday 11th March 2022 – Thursday 28th April 2022 23:59pm). All MRC DTP studentships are fully funded; including tuition fees, stipend and bench fee. If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, contact our Admissions Team for clarification.

What are the academic requirements?

The programme welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants will be reviewed on qualifications, experience and potential to undertake a research degree.

The minimum entrance qualification is an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entrance requirements may be admitted if they hold an alternative qualification of an equivalent or higher level in a relevant subject, or can prove relevant professional experience which demonstrates that the applicant can follow and complete the programme.

I have a medical degree, can I apply?

The MRC-DTP in Biomedical Sciences is a non-clinical programme and is designed for non-clinical students to undertake their PhD, as the programme does not allow time for clinical duties.

However, if an applicant with a clinical degree is not clinically active, they can apply, and they will be assessed against our criteria as to whether they are suitable for our programme.

Note: The appropriate route for clinicians to undertake a PhD with MRC funding is through the Clinical Research Training Fellowship scheme, which aims to support clinicians (including medics, surgeons, dentists, allied health professionals and nurses) who are currently undertaking their speciality training.

King’s Apply

How do I 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.

How many referees do I need?

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.

To avoid any conflict of interest, please do NOT name as a referee any supervisor whose project you are likely to choose from in the project catalogue. References from prospective supervisors will be discounted, and therefore disadvantage your application.

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).

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.

What is the deadline for submitting references and any documents requested by Admissions?

Please have a look at the Application Timeline page for this deadline. We advise you inform your referees of this deadline.

When will my referee receive a notification to submit my reference?

Referees will only receive a notification to submit an applicant’s reference once the applicant has submitted their application. Referees will not be contacted whilst the application is still in progress.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure references are submitted to the portal by the application deadline and so we advise to submit you application before the deadline and contact your referees to let them know we will be requesting a reference from them.

I need to upload a document to King's Apply but I've already submitted my application, what can I do?

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.

When is the deadline for applications?

Please have a look at the iCASE Application Timeline page for the main deadline as well as detailed information on the application stages. Applications submitted after the closing 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.

Can I apply if I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree?

Yes. Please upload your predicted grades as part of your application. If successful at interview stage you will receive a conditional offer. Your offer status will update to an unconditional offer after your certificates/transcripts have been received by the Admissions Team.

If you are unsure, please contact the Admissions Team via the messaging service on the portal.

Do I need to complete the Research Proposal Section of the application form?


Project Title: Title of your chosen project.

State your project choice (Project number followed by project title) in the free-text box under the Research Proposal section of the application, for example:

3.5 ‘’Project Title’’

Do I have to take my IELTS test before making my application?

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.

I have just finished my MSc and do not have transcripts or certificates yet, what should I do?

Please ensure that you include your MSc as part of the Education section of the application. Documents can be uploaded at a later date once you have them. 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.

Does the MRC DTP fee status questionnaire need to be filled in if you are British and lived in the UK since birth?

This only mandatory for EU and International applicants; British Nationals who have resided in the UK since birth do not need to complete this MRC DTP Fee Status Questionnaire  form. 

How do I know my application is complete?

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)
  • CV*: upload a PDF copy of your CV as an attachment to the Employment section.
  • 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).
  • 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 your project choice.
  • Research Proposal*: In the research proposal section, please enter the title of your chosen project as ‘Project Title’ and the project number followed by title in the proposal section.

    I have a question about the King's Apply Portal, who can I contact?

    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.

    Will more projects be advertised?

    The MRC Doctoral Training Partnership will award a number of fully-funded MRC postgraduate research studentships to support research and training in Biomedical and Translational Science. We offer three types of studentships: MRC DTP Studentships (available as a one-year MRes followed by a PhD (‘1+3’), or as a 4-year PhD (‘0+4’)). And MRC DTP iCASE Studentships – these studentships are available full-time (or pro-rata as part-time studentships) as a 4-year PhD. If we do not fill all of our studentship places in our October – January recruitment round, we may run another recruitment process in the Spring.

    Why am I asked to list 3 Projects of interest in the application form?

    Student choice and flexibility is core foundation of the KCL MRC DTP. We ask students to list three projects of interest, in order of preference, to ensure they have the flexibility to conduct further research via discussions with supervisors; we appreciate that applicants may change their preference via this process and do not hold students to the choices listed on their application as being those they select if offered a place on the programme.

    How do I contact Admissions?

    If you require any assistance:

    • Yet to Apply? Contact King’s Advisors via telephone on +44 (0)207 123 4843 or by email.
    • Already Applied to King’s? Send a message on King’s Apply. It can take up to 1 week to receive a response to messages at this time.
    • Current Student? Contact King’s via the Student Services Online Helpdesk.

    Application Process

    What can I expect over the recruitment period?

    Please have a look at the iCASE Application Timeline page.

    Where can I find the list of projects available?

    All available iCASE PhD Projects for next year’s entry will be advertised on our iCASE Projects Page.

    How many projects can I apply to?

    Applicants must only apply to one of the available iCASE projects.

    When will I know if I have been shortlisted for interview?

    Please have a look at the iCASE Application Timeline page for detailed information on shortlisting as well as each of the application stages.

    If you have not been informed of the outcome by the dates provided in the iCASE Application Timeline page, please contact the MRC DTP Team.

    Where and when will the interviews take place?

    Normally, shortlisted candidates would be invited to attend an interview at Guy’s Campus, St Thomas’ Campus or Denmark Hill Campus. And interviewees would be expected to attend all day to engage with the recruitment activities including: an interview panel, tours of facilities, meeting with prospective supervisors and meeting current students.

    However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2022 entry interviews will take place online.

    We are hoping to organise a lunch or similar type event, which will be optional, for any home applicants to attend if they are able to travel. Further details will be provided to those invited to interview if the event goes ahead.

    Please have a look at the iCASE Application Timeline page for the interview date and ensure you are available to attend on the day.

    Is September the only entry point each year?

    Yes. September is the only entry point each year.

    Can I speak to and meet supervisors?

    When invited to interview, candidates are expected to arrange their own meetings with supervisors they are interested in working with; the meetings will not be organised nor facilitated by the MRC DTP Team nor the supervisors. Applicants are to contact supervisors to arrange a convenient time to discuss their project in greater depth.


    When will I find out about the outcome of my interview?

    Please have a look at the iCASE Application Timeline page for the date by which you will be informed about the outcome of your interview as well as detailed information on each application stage.

    You may request individual feedback from your interview panel.

    I have been offered an iCASE Studentship on the MRC DTP Programme, what happens next?

    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 iCASE studentships, the official offer will be conditional on submitting a complete Project Approval Form (PAF). The MRC DTP Team will guide you and your co-supervisors through completing this document and the deadlines to meet for submission.

    What if I change my mind after accepting the offer?

    We understand that in rare instances circumstances do change and you may wish to decline your offer. If you do so, it is important to do the following:

    1. Contact the MRC DTP Team
    2. Contact Admissions
    3. Decline your offer through the portal

    I am an EU/EEA/Swiss student. Will I need a Visa?

    If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and you started living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you could apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

    If you’re coming to the UK from 1 January 2021, you’ll need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK.

    Please note that visa costs are not covered by the MRC DTP and you need to be able to meet those costs through your own funds.

    This guide managed by the Student Visa and International Advice team at King’s College London can help you choose the correct visa for your studies.

    I am classified as an International student. How do I apply for a Visa?

    Please note that the  following information would be of interest to potential applicants applying in 2022/23.

    All international students (including EU/EEA/Swiss students who do not qualify for Home Fees Status) need to apply for a “Student Visa” to study in the UK. The Student Visa has replaced the Tier 4 visa, as of the 5th October 2020.

    When to apply

    King’s Admissions Office will contact you via King’s Apply from June onwards, and once your offer is unconditional to start the visa process.

    Applying from outside the UK

    You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

    Applying from inside the UK

    You must apply before your current visa expires. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring. You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.

    Please note that visa costs are not covered by the MRC DTP and you need to be able to meet those costs through your own funds.

    This guide managed by the Student Visa and International Advice team at King’s College London can help you choose the correct visa for your studies.

    Information about costs associated to a Student Visa applications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa

    Specific information about extending your Visa from inside the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/extend-your-visa

    Specific information about switching to a Student Visa from another Visa if you are already in the UK can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/switch-to-this-visa

    Additional related costs for the Immigration Health Surcharge can be found at: https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/checker/type

    Please note that these figures and the information are subject to frequent changes.

    If you have any additional query you are invited to contact the King’s Admissions Office via King’s Apply, or the International Student Advice team at King’s College London (advice@kcl.ac.uk).

    Can I keep in touch before I join the programme?

    Yes! All new students will be assigned a buddy 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. You can also follow our social media channels and get in touch with the team with any enquiries; visit our ‘Contact us’ page.

    When is induction?

    For September entry, new students will be invited to the MRC DTP Induction by the end of the spring academic term.

    When can I pick the training workshops for my first year?

    In early Summer our MRC DTP Coordinator will send all incoming students information on how to select training workshops and arrange for each student to receive access to SkillsForge, an online course booking system. You will receive details of both compulsory and additional 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 workshops.

    What does it mean if a project is not funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC)?

    The student will not be eligible to apply for additional MRC support available through the DTP, for example MRC Flexible Funds used for training costs, and some internship schemes, however they will have access to all DTP training and cohort events. The student will be affiliated to the MRC DTP programme.

    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.