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Human health is a dominant and unifying theme at King’s College London, which is internationally recognised for excellence in biomedical and health research and training. We have a distinguished history in biomedicine and continue to be at the centre of cutting-edge discovery and applied research. Innovation and cross-discipline collaboration are central to our postgraduate research programmes. We will challenge you to think critically, push boundaries and explore the unknown.

The MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP) will award a number of fully-funded MRC postgraduate research studentships to support research and training in Biomedical and Translational Science.

Our studentships are available as full-time (or pro-rata as part-time studentships), either as:

  • a one-year MRes followed by a PhD (‘1+3’); or
  • as a 3.5 year PhD (‘0+3.5’)

Our Projects page details all research projects currently available for application. All projects are available as 1+3 (MRes+ PhD) or as a straight 3.5 year PhD.


Application Process


The MRC DTP will award fully-funded studentships each year; this includes tuition fees, stipend and bench fee.

Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study, this rate will be in line with the MRC’s minimum rates. For 2017/2018 this will be £16,553 per annum.

Bench fees: A generous allowance will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences. MRC DTP Students will also be eligible to apply for the Flexible Supplement Fund.

Eligibility: The MRC funding available supports Home/EU students with standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for three years prior to the funding commencing. More information can be found on the MRC website.

Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from non-EU candidates.

Meet the Students


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, or a master’s qualification at Merit/Distinction grade.

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence that you meet the minimum English requirements of the Faculty [Band D] as prescribed by the university’s English Language requirements. If you are unable to provide this confirmation before applying any offer you are made would be conditional upon you meeting these requirements prior to enrolment and no later than the 31 of August 2018.

You can contact the King’s Admissions Team for further information.

To apply for the MRC DTP Studentships 2018 Entry, visit our Application Process page.