MRC DTP Studentships

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.

Flexibility of pathways – our MRC DTP Studentships are available 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’)

For students joining the DTP programme we offer two pathways, students are not required to make a choice until after they have been offered a place on the programme and discussed the options with Theme leads. This recognises that outstanding students will come from a range of backgrounds and have a range of interests and training needs, and so the right decision is made for each student.

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


The MRC DTP Studentships are fully-funded awards; 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 2019/2020 this will be £17,009 per annum. The 2020/2021 stipend rate is yet to be announced.

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.

Tuition fees: All tuition fees will be fully covered by the MRC DTP Studentship.

Eligibility: The MRC funding available supports Home/EU students who meet the residential eligibility guidelines for UKRI funded studentships. 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. If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, contact our Admissions Team for clarification.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from non-EU candidates.


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 2020.

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

To apply for the MRC DTP Studentships 2020 Entry, visit our Application Process page.