Home, EU and international students are all eligible to apply. We have funding available for up to nine studentship places for EU and international applicants. 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.
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.
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.
Please have a look at the Application Timeline page for this deadline. We advise you inform your referees of this deadline.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Please have a look at the 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.
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.
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: MRCDTP2021_Theme 1
State your three preferred PhD projects from the list of PhD projects on offer for 2021 entry. 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. 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.
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*
- 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). 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.
- 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).
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 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.
The MRC DTP also open applications for MRC DTP iCASE Studentships – these studentships are available full-time (or pro-rata as part-time studentships) as a 4-year PhD. iCASE Studentships follow the same recruitment timeline as our standard studentships but will have individual iCASE Projects on offer. iCASE Projects are only available as a 4-year PhD (not as a one-year MRes followed by a PhD ‘1+3’).
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.
All available PhD Projects for next year’s September Entry will be advertised on our Projects Page from early October. There are four project catalogues: one per theme. Only projects listed in the coming year’s catalogues are available for funding.
Applicants can select one project on the application form if they wish, however we strongly encourage students to consider the breadth of projects available in the MRC DTP catalogues and select three projects of interest, listed in order of preference.
You can pick any three projects; they do not need to be within the same theme.
Please have a look at the 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 Application Timeline page, please contact the relevant administrator:
If your first project of choice was listed in the Theme 1 Catalogue, contact email@example.com.
If your first project of choice was listed in the Theme 2 Catalogue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your first project of choice was listed in the Theme 3 Catalogue, contact email@example.com.
If your first project of choice was listed in the Theme 4 Catalogue, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2021 entry interviews will likely take place online.
Please have a look at the Application Timeline page for the interview dates and ensure you are available to attend on each day.
Each Theme of the MRC DTP host their own interview days and so the exact format in which the days are run will differ slightly across the themes.
- All Interview Days will involve an introductory talk from the Theme Lead providing an overview of the programme.
- Applicants will be asked to prepare a 5-minute presentation and to present this to the panel.
- Applicants will be asked to critically evaluate a research paper in a discussion scenario with the panel; applicants invited to interview will receive the paper when they are invited to interview.
- Applicants will be asked to address interview questions relating to their CV and application to the programme.
Many themes also organise campus and lab facility tours for applicants and host a networking lunch/activity with current students. Unfortunately, it is unlikely interviews will take place on campus so tours and ‘meet the students’ opportunities may be in an alternative online format.
No. You will only be interviewed once; and in most cases this will be with the panel corresponding to your first choice project.
Yes. September is the only entry point each year.
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. You will find the contact details of all supervisors who have an available MRC DTP Project in the Project Catalogues – applicants are to contact supervisors to arrange a convenient time to discuss their project in greater depth.
Please have a look at the 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.
If offered a place on the MRC DTP, the pathway that you choose (1+3 or 0 +3.5) will be made following a discussion between the student and the theme lead to decide which training route is most suitable for the student’s training needs.
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). The MRC DTP Team will guide you and your co-supervisors through completing this document and the deadlines to meet for submission.
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:
- Contact the MRC DTP Team
- Contact Admissions
- Decline your offer through the portal
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.
For September entry, new students will be invited to the MRC DTP Induction by the end of the spring academic term.
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. Once this decision has been made, the MRC DTP Team will prepare the Project Approval Form (PAF) to be completed by the student’s co-supervisors. Students will be included in all correspondence 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 after meeting with their Personal Tutors in:
Rotation 1: September (following induction)
Rotation 2: December
Rotation 3: March/April
To confirm, the rotation choices do not necessarily have to be those projects originally listed on the application by the applicant; students can amend their choices following discussions they have with supervisors and Personal Tutors as they move through the MRes 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.