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University of Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Programme

We are offering at least ten fully funded PhD studentships for projects commencing in October 2017

Details of the available projects can be found here:

The studentships provide an annual stipend of £17k for 3.5 years, full fees and research costs.  The duration of the studentship allows for a funded period of write-up prior to thesis submission.

In addition to excellent research facilities, students will have access to a wide variety of training and researcher development activities, many of which are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University.

The closing date for applications is 1st December 2016.

Interviews will be held late January 2017.


Academic requirements: At least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent.

English language requirements: The University requires a high level of proficiency in English. For details, click here

Nationality: Eligibility for the studentships is subject to MRC nationality and residence criteria. Click here for details 

How to apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors for further information about specific projects before applying. 

Applications must be made on the University’s online portal. Click here for a link to the Graduate Admissions webpages (

Please also follow the instructions on the Cambridge MRC DTP website:

The course code is MDSM22.

You can select up to two projects – please add these to the ‘Research title’ field in order of preference quoting the project ID.  In the ‘Research summary’ field provide a brief synopsis of why you have chosen your project/s. Please provide the name of the Primary Supervisor for your first choice project in the ‘Research Supervisor’ field.

You need to upload the following documents with your application:

    • CV
    • Transcripts or degree certificates
    • English language score report forms (if English is not your first language)

Note: The two referees you list on the application form will be contacted automatically for their references, so please ensure you provide their correct email addresses.

For general application enquiries, please email the Higher Degrees Office at


Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.