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Supervisors of MRC DTP Students

If you are a supervisor of an MRC DTP MRes Rotation student or PhD student please read our guidance document which has been created to provide you with general information about the programme and expectations of our students and supervisors.

Supervisors should also consult the College (and where appropriate their Faculty/School) Handbook for Supervisors for guidance on policy, regulation and good practice relating to the supervision of students.

Project Call 2019 Entry

The call for MRC DTP project proposals September 2019 entry is now open. Please see below guidance for further details. All project proposals to be submitted by 9th September 2018.


PhD candidates applying for entry in September 2019 will have the option of either a 1+3 MRes-PhD or a 0 + 3.5 PhD programme.  This will depend on the aspirations and needs of the student, and will be decided in consultation with Theme Leads when the offer is made.

Project Investigators (PIs) are invited to submit an MRC DTP Project Proposal which would be suitable for both pathways of the programme. Anyone wishing to have a project available for selection in 2019-20 must submit by the deadline: Sunday 9th September. Please be reminded that a co-supervisor can only submit one project submission per project call. For the intake years 2017 to 2020, and to encourage breadth within the DTP, a maximum of two students can undertake their PhD thesis project with any single supervisor.

Projects must fit within the remit of the four themes of the MRC DTP:

MRC DTP Project Proposal Form 2019

  • The MRC DTP operates a co-supervision model. Both supervisors must be eligible to act as a first supervisor and are expected to make an equal contribution to supervision of the project. As per KCL PGR Regulations, at least one co-supervisor must have supervised a PGR student to completion and one must hold a doctoral degree themselves.
  • Both supervisors must have undergone supervisory training or be enrolled to receive such training. This will be verified when the project submission is reviewed.
  • Both supervisors must be primarily appointed at KCL/KHP (50% or higher) to be eligible to be a co-supervisor on the MRC DTP.
  • The co-supervisors must be able to demonstrate they have the resources to undertake the project.  For lab-based work, this typically means that one co-supervisor must be a primary grant holder, and the grant must be specified on the application
  • Only one DTP project submission allowed per co-supervisor per project call year.
  • Students pursuing the 0+3.5 pathway will select their project once they have accepted an offer on the programme.
  • Students pursuing the 1+3 pathway will select their projects in September 2019 (Rotation 1), December 2019 (Rotation 2) and April 2020 (Rotation 3).
  • For the intake years 2017 to 2020, and to encourage breadth within the DTP, a maximum of two students can undertake their PhD thesis project with any single supervisor
  • The projects must be suitable for both 1+3 and 0+3.5 pathways
  • All project descriptions should be written so that third year undergraduate students can understand them, and should outline the contribution of each supervisor
  • For the 1+3 pathway each student will complete three laboratory rotation projects of ~12 weeks each, and they will select the PhD thesis project after completion of the third rotation. Each rotation project must form the basis of a potential PhD project if selected by a student
  • For those candidates choosing the 0+3.5 pathway, the PhD will start from the outset of the programme

DTP Studentships: Available as 1+3 MRes/PhD or 0+3.5 PhD. Projects can be basic or translational.

Projects which are translational should involve supervisory input from a clinician/clinician scientist (EITHER the two supervisors can be a combination of a basic scientist and a clinician/clinician scientist OR two basic scientists with an associated clinician/clinician scientist).

The complete portfolio of all eligible project options will be made available to candidates at the time of application, and they will be asked to identify three projects of interest. For the 0+3.5 pathway the students will decide which project they have selected for the PhD when an offer is made. For the 1+3 pathway there is no commitment to a project at this stage and the students will make the decision on which project to take as their first rotation when they arrive in September 2019 and have met with potential supervisors. Similarly, decisions on the second and third rotation projects will be made in December 2019 and March/April 2020, respectively.

There will be opportunities for supervisors to meet candidates on the interview days.

Deadline for Project Proposals Sunday 9th September 2018
Candidate applications open Monday 8th October 2018
Deadline for candidate applications Sunday 25th November 2018
Shortlisting of candidates Early January 2019
Interviews Wednesday 30th January & Thursday 31st January 2019


All the sections of the Project Proposal Form must be complete at the time of submission.

Submit your application to the following email address: mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk for the attention of MRC DTP Team.

Any enquiries should also be directed to mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk

On the Subject Line of your email specify the relevant Theme for your project followed by family name and initials of co-supervisor 1A.

For example: Theme1_JonesAB.