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MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The Medical Research Council (MRC) GW4 BioMed DTP brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff (lead) and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers.

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Students will have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities, with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinarity and 'team science'. Many of the PhD projects supported by the DTP will be co-supervised across at least two of the partner universities, allowing students to join existing and emerging research partnerships.

In response to the new UKRI eligibility criteria, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering International fee discounts for successful UKRI applicants. The fees will be discounted to the home fees level. This approach ensures that students regardless of nationality or financial means will be able to apply for our prestigious UKRI studentships. Successful applicants will receive a fully-funded studentship and will not be charged the international fee difference.

Research themes

PhD projects are aligned with one of the three strategic research themes that characterise the GW4 BioMed DTP:

  • Infection, Immunity and Repair
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Population Health.

The portfolio of PhD projects available also reflects the collective strengths of the DTP: quantitative skills (including mathematical modelling), using data for discovery, in vivo skills, and interdisciplinary training and approaches, including imaging (physics, engineering), chemistry and health economics.


The GW4 BioMed DTP is a partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter, in addition to the GW4 and the MRC.

Find out more

Please visit our DTP website for more details and how to apply.

Contact us and indicate your interest in this funding if you want to be kept up-to-date with any further studentships that are published under this scheme.