Four-year funded integrated PhDs in Translational Biomedical Sciences

The University of Southampton (UoS) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are Russell Group universities with world-leading research programmes and are proud to offer Medical Research Council funded doctoral training programme (MRC DTP) PhD studentships. Students are based at UoS or QMUL researching topics including cancer, neurological, inflammatory or infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance or global health, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and whole organism, applying state-of-the-art computational and experimental methodologies to medical research, with potential links with industry (iCASE studentship). Our PhD students join a vibrant student community for a 4-year funded study period from October 2024.

Programme Structure

There are two types of studentships available: MRes/PhD and iCASE.

For MRes/PhD, the programme is 1 year MRes + 3 years PhD. In year 1 you will choose three rotation projects, alongside taught modules and practical training. In years 2-4 you undertake your PhD, usually developing one of your rotation projects. iCASE students may select their PhD project from year 1.

Find out more about the programme here.


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Closing date for applications: Sunday, 14th January 2024

Interviews: On or after 5th of February 2024. Candidates interviewed are asked to give a short presentation on a recent research project you have been involved with.

Our requirements

  • Applicants must hold a 1st class or 2:1 degree in life, physical or mathematical sciences. With a life-sciences degree, maths, statistics or computing modules at A-Level or above are desirable. With a physics or maths degree, life-sciences modules at undergraduate level are essential.
  • Skills and knowledge matching your proposed area of doctoral research.
  • High motivation and a passion for research.
  • Eligibility details and application guidance can be found here.



The DTP is committed to inclusivity, and strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds and regardless of their personal circumstances. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world-leading biomedical researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented nationwide in STEM roles.

UoS and QMUL are committed to making Equality, Diversity and Inclusion an integral component of University life. Both institutions hold Athena Swan Silver Awards and are Race Equality Charter signatories. We particularly welcome applications from those from minority ethnic groups, a disadvantaged background or having taken a career break. Flexible study is available and should be discussed at application. University benefits include onsite childcare facilities, state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities and a full programme of events.

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