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About the Programme

Four Themes

All students are admitted to one of the 4 themes.  Before applying you should have a look at the theme pages (which include information about potential supervisors and their research interests) and apply to the theme which fits your area of interest.

Many of the students in our DTP are part of a four-year programme that includes an initial ‘rotation’ year. Other students are part of a three-year programme that does not include the initial rotations. These include industrial CASE students, which is described here.

Four year pathway

Year 1

Students undertake 3 rotations in their first year before choosing their PhD project. There is a large pool of projects (updated annually) to choose from and students have time in induction to meet with potential supervisors and decide on what they would like to do.

Years 2-4

Students select a primary and secondary PhD supervisor and write a short project proposal prior to starting their PhD, for which they will be based in the home department of their primary supervisor.

The MRC DTP – the benefits of being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership

The great benefit of our DTP is that students gain great experience of different scientific disciplines and styles, both through rotation projects but also more generally through dedicated training and social activities. DTPs actively allow students to meet and mix with academics and peers from across the host institutions.  Our DTP supports a wide variety of activities including yearly retreats, journal clubs, and social activities run by and for students.

Another benefit of being part of our DTP is that the MRC has provided funds to help students achieve world-leading research programmes. Every student is allocated dedicated funds to support their lab work, conference presentations and training.  Our DTP also benefits from substantial funds that enable high value, advanced research training for its students.

Training and skills development for careers

Our students are producing world-leading science in collaboration with world-class scientists, and we believe that ensuring that our students are ready for life after their PhD is just as important.  Our DTP specifically supports students to undertake advanced training, visit labs in the UK and overseas, and provides rare opportunities to develop transferable skills that enhance career prospects in and outside academia.