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How to apply

Applications for the 4 year programme (to start September 2021) are now closed.

CASE projects – applications are now closed.

Application Procedure for MRC DTP and CASE

All applications are for a September 2021 start. All applicants must complete Sections A and B of the application form below and send to   Files must be sent in a single email but attached as separate documents (i.e. do not attach your application as a single document).  Please ensure you read the checklist on Section A and attach all the requested documents to your application.

All applicants request references from 2 referees (referees may use either the form below OR send a standard letter reference) and request that they send their completed references to by the application deadline.  It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that references are received on time.

Before you apply please check the eligibility criteria below.

Students applying to the 4 year programme should note that the projects listed on the website are indicative and may not be available to take the following academic year.


  • The UKRI has updated their eligibility criteria to confirm that international students will be eligible for all UKRI-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.
  • All UKRI-funded PhD students will be eligible for the full award – both the stipend to support living costs, and fees at research organisations UK rate, however UKRI funding will not cover international fees set by universities.
  • Currently the UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP does not have any institutional bursaries to fund the difference between the home and international fee rate although we welcome applications from international students in receipt of alternative studentship funding.
  • Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.
  • All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme according to UCL requirements. Applicants must achieve the level of ‘good’.


  • At interview you will be expected to answer questions about your previous research experience and potential for an academic career
  • The interview panel will include the Theme Leads and a selection of Principal Investigators from the theme

Interview dates

22 February to 2 March 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by 20 February 2021