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, worked 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.

Research Councils in Britain have confirmed that funding for EU students recruited for a September 2020 start date (or prior date) will remain in line with Home students. This means that EU candidates recruited to start in September 2020 that have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to their start will remain eligible for a full MRC DTP Studentship: covering the full tuition fee, stipend and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). They will remain eligible for this funding for the duration of the PhD with the MRC DTP.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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’’

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.

The Fee Status Questionnaire is only mandatory for EU applicants; British Nationals who have resided in the UK since birth do not need to complete this form.

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.

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.

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 two types of studentships:  MRC DTP iCASE Studentships – these studentships are available full-time (or pro-rata as part-time studentships) as a 4-year PhD. iCASE Studentships have a separate recruitment timeline and will have different iCASE Projects. iCASE Projects are only available as a 4-year PhD (not as a one-year MRes followed by a PhD ‘1+3’). If we are unable to fill our studentship positions in the first round of applications, we may reopen applications at a later date.

MRC DTP Studentships (available as a one-year MRes followed by a PhD (‘1+3’), or as a 3.5 year PhD (‘0+3.5’)). 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; these studentships are separate from iCASE Studentships and have their own application timeline.

Application Process

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

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

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

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on one of our campuses. Interviewees are 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.

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

Yes. September is the only entry point each year.

Post 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.

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). 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. You can also follow our social media channels and get in touch with the team with any enquiries; visit our ‘Contact us’ page.

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

In early July our MRC DTP Coordinator will support all new students with signing up to workshops. The MRC DTP Coordinator will share 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 the online booking system to book your workshops. 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.