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Postgraduate Study

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

You should make a formal application via the Applicant Portal.
All studentships are fully funded, so there is no need to apply for additional funding to be considered for this PhD programme. For further details on the application process, please refer to the MRC DTP website.

Selection Process

Applications will be shortlisted after the closing date. Shortlisted applicants will then be contacted for interview.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Medical Science - Project
    Please select from the list of available projects, (up to a maximum of 3), specifying which projects you are interested in and why, and state your order of preference.
  • Relevant Experience (M)
    Please describe any relevant research experience, together with any interdisciplinary, or transferrable skills that you may have, (approximately 250 words).
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
    Please indicate your reasons for choosing to apply to the MRC DTP Programme, (aside from project choice).

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Students applying for the MRC iCASE studentships will need to select from a list of projects which will be advertised on the MRC DTP website in October 2023.

These projects can be based in either the School of Clinical Medicine, or the School of Biological Science. For further details refer to the MRC DTP website.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Clinical Medicine This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Course - related enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Feb. 12, 2024
Application deadline
March 4, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.