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PhD in Dementia Research

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Key facts

Application deadline 8 April 2019
Start date 1 October 2019
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is a joint £290 million investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC), alongside founding charity partners, the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The UK DRI will deliver a step-change in the scientific understanding of dementia, generating new targets for drug development, reinvigorating the therapeutic pipeline and helping to transform care.

The new national institute will cover dementia across the research spectrum, spanning Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and beyond.

Cardiff University is one of the six UK DRI centres.

The UK DRI will form a vibrant and interactive community, centred on neuroscience working on around 50 five-year research programmes across the UK in order to:

  • accelerate the pace of discovery research to identify new targets for drug development
  • develop new approaches for delivering effective clinical trials to targeted patient groups
  • attract new partnerships with the biopharmaceutical sector to develop new therapeutics and diagnostics
  • develop and promote strategies for interventions that prevent the development or progression of dementia
  • provide new insights and technology-based approaches to delivering more effective care and support to people with dementia and their carers.

The funding for the studentship is provided by the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University. The following projects are in competition:



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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered A standard consumables allowance is included

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

You will hold or expect to achieve a First or Upper Second Class degree in a relevant area (eg neuroscience, psychology, anatomy, physiology, natural sciences). As this is a training doctorate, previous research experience is not essential.

International students who wish to apply for the studentship will have to fund the remainder of their fees.


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Applicants should apply for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine with an October 2019 start date.

Your application must include the following supporting documents in order to be eligible for shortlisting:

  • A personal statement in support of your application telling us your reasons for wanting to study this specific PhD programme and why you think you're suitable. This combined should be no more than 3,000 characters (including spaces).
  • Two referee letters of support. Important: Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications received we cannot request references, therefore it is the applicant’s responsibility to request and upload references to their application.
  • A CV detailing education and relevant work experience.
  • Academic certificates/transcripts.
  • A research proposal is not required for this PhD scheme (please enter 'N/A' in the Research Proposal section of your application).

Please select 'No, I am not self-funding my research' when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from UK DRI.

Note that there are 2 projects currently advertised. If you are interested in more than one of these projects, only one application is necessary, but please be explicit about the projects you are interested in in your cover letter.

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


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