The MMB programme expects to offer up to seven studentships to successful candidates who meet eligibility criteria (including English language requirements) for entry in October 2022. 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

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.

These 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 on the University receiving permission from the MRC to offer this.

International applicants (as defined by UKRI via their International Eligibility criteria for UKRI funded studentships (Annex B)) are eligible to apply for MMB projects for 2022 entry. UKRI will normally limit the proportion of international students appointed each year through individual doctoral training programmes to 30% of the total intake.

Please note that all international awards have been made for our programme for 2022 so we will not be accepting applications from international candidates, as defined by UKRI’s guidance on International Eligibility criteria for UKRI funded studentships.

Our projects

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 gender, ethnicity, disability, age, 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 Upper Second Class UK Honours Degree or equivalent. Applicants with a Lower Second-class 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/Medicine and Health research degree programmes.

Applications are welcomed for entry in October 2022 and should be made via the University’s online application form for postgraduate research degrees.

Note that to apply for an MMB DTP project, you must select “A specific postgraduate research project which has been advertised (NRP DTP, Aries etc.)” under ‘What are you applying for?’ and then select the relevant project title and code under ‘Which particular research programme are you applying for?’.

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, please contact and we will be happy to assist you.


The deadline for applications is midnight (UK GMT) on 20 April 2022.

Shortlisted candidates can expect to be interviewed on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified of their interview times by email by no later than 11 May 2022.

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.

For queries, please contact

Available Projects