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 2021-22 is £18,109

  • 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). Applications must be made via UEA Postgraduate Admissions. Applications by email will not be considered.

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).

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Applications for the MRC DART PhD programme for studentships commencing on 1 February 2022 are now open. Due to the unavailability of the UEA application form, which was under maintenance from 2-11 October, the deadlines for these projects MORRIS_U21DART and LANGRIDGE_Q21DART has been extended to Monday 25 October at midnight (UK time).

Interviews are expected to take place on either Thursday 11th November or Tuesday 16th November 2021 (the final date is to be confirmed).

Please note that all international awards have been made for the MRC DART programme for 2021 so we will not be accepting applications from international candidates, as defined under UKRI’s International Eligibility criteria for UKRI funded studentships (Annex B).


Available Projects:

Probiotics and Pathogens - A Microbial Tug of War for the Host (GILMOUR_Q22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Matthew Gilmour -

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Bacteriophages as key players in bacterial adaptation to the human gut (ADRIAENSSENS_Q22DTP)

Primary Supervisor: Dr Evelien Adriaenssens -

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