The MMB DTP programme expects to offer up to seven studentships to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria (including English language requirements) for entry in October 2024. Studentships include support for:

  • A generous maintenance stipend, provided over four years, and funded according to the MRC stipend scale
  • Full tuition fees which will be paid directly to the University
  • Research and training costs for each year of the studentship

Studentship funding will not normally cover costs associated with visa or health surcharges, or additional costs associated with entry to, and living in the UK.

Studentships for iCASE projects also include additional contributions to candidates’ stipends and research and training costs.

All MMB DTP projects are advertised on a full-time basis. Applicants who are unable to study full-time may still apply, but any offer to study part-time will be conditional pending receipt of permission from the MRC. International applicants (as defined by UKRI) are eligible to apply for MMB projects for 2024 entry. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30% of the total intake.

How to Apply

This PhD programme is open to candidates with an undergraduate degree relevant to the scope of the programme, whether in biological sciences or bioinformatics/computing.

We are committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of this programme. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, sexual orientation and transgender status. We value an aptitude for computer-based analysis, curiosity and independence of thought, plus a commitment to work across the boundaries between the laboratory and bioinformatics to deliver high-impact research. We welcome applicants from low- and middle-income countries.

Applicants should fulfil the University’s entry requirements for PhD registration and should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of a UK Upper SecondClass Honours Degree or equivalent. Applicants with a Lower Second-Class Honours degree will be considered if they also have a master’s degree or have significant research or non-academic experience relevant to the proposed field of research. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results. Before admission, candidates must also meet the University’s minimum English language requirements for Science and Medicine and Health Sciences research degree programmes.

Applications for entry in October 2024

The deadline for applications may vary. Please consult our course search for further details.

Details of the DTP projects available to apply to can be accessed below. Applications should be made via the University’s online application form for postgraduate research degrees, where you will also be able to access guidance on how to apply for a postgraduate research degree. Please read the instructions and guidance carefully.

When you are ready to proceed, select ‘Start your application’ under Apply for a Postgraduate Research Degree. Once you have created an account, you will be able to complete the online application form.

Note that in order to apply for an MMB DTP project, you must select “A specific postgraduate research project which has been advertised (NRPDTP, Aries etc.)”.

Choose the relevant start date for the advertised project under ‘Term‘ e.g., October 2024.

Then select ‘Start Application‘.

Once you have provided some initial information about yourself, you will be asked to choose the project you wish to apply to.

To apply for more than one project, you will need to submit a new application for each project.

Please do not submit multiple applications to the same project – if you wish to change any aspect of your original application, or if you have made an error, contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Shortlisted candidates for MMB DTP studentships in Round 1 can expect to be interviewed on Wednesday 14 February or Thursday 15 February 2024.

Shortlisted candidates for MMB DTP studentships in Round 1 will be notified of their interview times by email by Wednesday 7 February 2024.

Candidates who have not heard by this date should assume their application has been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications received, it may not be possible to provide feedback on applications not shortlisted for interview.