Norwich Research Park institutes (UEA, Earlham Institute, John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals) offer MRC Doctoral Antimicrobial Research Training (DART) PhD Studentships focused on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) related research benefiting from academic-industry iCASE collaboration. 

Eligibility and Funding

The MRC DART programme is open to both UK and non-UK nationals and will follow the UKRI student eligibility requirements. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual training grants to 30% of the total intake each year.

MRC DART PhD studentships are funded for 3.5 years.  Studentships include support for:

  • A generous stipend to cover living expenses, provided over 3.5 years at the national minimum UKRI stipend rate plus an iCASE enhancement of £2,500 per year.  As an example, the stipend during the current academic year 2020-21 is £17,785 
  • Full tuition fees which will be paid directly to the University 
  • Research and training costs

Students will undertake their research degree at the world-renowned Norwich Research Park, investigating topics such as translational medicine, rapid diagnosis of infectious disease and understanding resistance development to antibiotics. Spending a minimum of 3 months working with the project’s industrial partner, this is a great opportunity for students to take their research career to the next level in a cutting edge, collaborative research environment surrounded by experts in the field.

Projects have the potential to contribute to the prevention or improved treatment of infectious diseases, e.g. antibiotic discovery, novel anti-infectives, infectious diseases diagnostics, gut microbiota research, etc., and collaborations with a wide range of companies and organisations will be supported.

You will be registered for your degree at the University of East Anglia. Applicants should fulfil the entry requirements for PhD registration at the University of East Anglia and should have, or expect to obtain, a good Undergraduate Honours Degree (minimum of Upper Second Class or equivalent).

The programme encourages diverse and inclusive work environments that are positive and supportive. Students are selected for admission on merit and without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian and other minority ethnic people and mature candidates (this is classed as 30+ years).

For more information contact: 

Applications by email will not be considered.

Applications for the MRC DART PhD programme 2021/22 intake are now open, closing Tuesday 20 July at midnight (UK time)

Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 4 August 2021.


Available Projects:

*Note: The usual start date for this programme is 1st October; however, a 1st February 2022 start date may be offered where a 1st October start is not feasible, for example for an international candidate who requires a Student Visa in order to undertake postgraduate study in the UK 

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