The Medical Research Council (MRC) promotes research into all areas of medical and related science, with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public, and contributing to the wealth of the nation. The University hosts a Doctoral Training Centre, DiMeN.
Students can apply for two types of award:
- Doctoral Awards – funding for full or part-time study leading to a doctoral degree (PhD).
- Advanced Course Masters Scheme – funding for full and part-time study on specific Masters courses that meet a national need for early research training in advanced biomedical and health research skills.
There are two types of scholarship awards:
- A full scholarship award – this covers the cost of the UK/EU tuition fees and provides an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK Research rate (£14,553 in 2017/18).
- A fees-only scholarship award – this covers the cost of the UK/EU tuition fees only.
The type of scholarship awarded is based on an applicant's residency status. UK applicants and EU applicants who have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship award. EU applicants that have not lived in the UK for 3 years before the start of their course are eligible for a fees-only award. International applicants are not normally eligible.
Awards are tenable for a maximum of 3-4 years full-time and seven years part-time, subject to satisfactory progress.
Eligibility is determined by the MRC's criteria, as set out on the Medical Research Council website.
The general eligibility requirements are:
- You should have, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK in an appropriate area of study.
- You should be applying to start your first year of study with the University on a full-time or part-time programme of eligible postgraduate study, within the MRC's subject domain.
- Awards are open to UK and EU applicants. The type of studentship awarded is based on an applicant’s residency status. International applicants are not normally eligible.
How to apply
Individual departments are responsible for directly recruiting to the Research Council scholarships that they have available. Projects will be advertised on department websites and in the PhD projects directory.
Information is also available on the Medical Research Council website.