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GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects in the School of Dentistry

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Key facts

Application deadline 24 November 2017
Start date October 2018
Duration 3.5 years full-time or up to 7 years part-time
Funding body MRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships Up to 19

The GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership is awarding up to 19 studentships in 2018, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

The GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership places a strong emphasis on cross-cutting skills priorities (quantitative skills, interdisciplinary skills and in vivo skills), and may advertise projects outside these themes. We welcome applications from non-medical backgrounds and can fund additional training to assist discipline conversion.

Most studentships will be 3.5 years full-time or up to 7 years part-time, and can be longer where additional training is undertaken.

Projects are being advertised across the partnership in a range of disciplines. Projects available for entry 2018 within our School of Dentistry:

Refer to our page about the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership for available projects in other Cardiff University Schools.


Sarah Brasher

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Additional research and training funding is available over the course of the programme. This will cover costs such as research consumables, courses, conferences and travel. Additional competitive funds are available for high-cost training/research.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

We welcome applications from non-medical backgrounds, especially in areas of computing, mathematics and the physical sciences, and can fund additional training, including master’s degrees to assist discipline conversion.

You must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 UK honours degree, or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the project.

You will also be considered if you have a 2:2 UK honours degree and a master’s degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience.

Applicants who are classed as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

To be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend) from a Research Council, a UK or EU student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

An EU student who has not been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship is generally eligible for a fees-only award from the Research Council: to be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK. The Doctoral Training Partnership has additional funding from the partner universities to support a limited number of EU students who do not meet the UK residency requirements, so long as they meet the criteria for a fees-only award: these studentship will therefore be fully funded (fees and stipend).

For full details on eligibility, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Research Council Training Grants.

Please note that negotiations regarding ‘Brexit’ will not affect recruitment of EU students for studentships starting in October 2018, as per the April 2017 press release from the RCUK which welcomed the government announcement that non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses beginning in the academic year 2018/19 remain eligible for RCUK support.


Sarah Brasher

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

In the first instance, you should submit an application for the Doctor of Philosophy in Dentistry, with a start date of October 2018.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from GW4 BioMed MRC DTP.

If you are applying for more than one Cardiff University project please note this in the research proposal section.

You should also complete the online application form for the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership funding by 17:00, 24 November 2017.

The Research Theme Panels will complete the shortlisting and inform applicants by 19 December 2017.

If you are shortlisted you will need to;

  • contact your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss your application between 3 and 12 January 2018
  • submit two references and a copy of your academic transcript(s) by 19 January 2018
  • attend an interview in Cardiff on 24 or 25 January 2018.

Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Sarah Brasher

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

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