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

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Key facts

Application deadline 23 November 2018
Start date 1 October 2019
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

The GW4 Biomed MRC DTP is awarding up to 18 studentships with an October 2019 start date, 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 2019 entry within our School of Medicine:

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 training and support funding of up to £5,000 per annum is available: this is to cover costs such as courses, conferences and travel and research consumables. Additional competitive funds are available for high-cost training/research.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of medical sciences.

However, the DTP also welcomes students from non-medical backgrounds, especially in areas of computing, mathematics and the physical sciences, and can fund additional training, including Masters, to assist discipline conversion.

Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will only be considered if they also have 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 three years prior to the start of the studentship.

An EU student who has not been resident in the UK for at least three 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 studentships will therefore be fully funded (fees and stipend).

Please note that negotiations regarding ‘Brexit’ will not affect recruitment of EU students for studentships starting in October 2019, as per the July 2018 government announcement that non-UK EU doctoral students applying for courses beginning in the academic year 2019/20 remain eligible for UKRI support.

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


Sarah Brasher

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

You will need to complete both an application to the GW4 BioMed MRC DTP for an ‘offer of funding’ and to Cardiff University for an ‘offer to study’

  1. Applying for an ‘offer of funding’

    Please complete the online application form by 5pm, 23 November 2018.

    The Research Theme Panels will complete the shortlisting and inform applicants by 18 December 2018.

    If you are shortlisted you will need to;

    • contact your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss your application between 3 and 14 January 2019
    • submit two references and a copy of your academic transcript(s) by 18 January 2019
    • attend an interview in Cardiff on 22 or 23 January 2018

    Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.

  2. Applying for an ‘offer to study’

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine, with a start date of October 2019.

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

If you have any difficulties with this application, please contact

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


Sarah Brasher

Doctoral Training Partnership Manager

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Eligible research areas