MRC GW4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership

MRC Logo (2)The MRC GW4 BioMed DTP brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff (lead) and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers. Students will have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities, with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinarity and ‘team science’. Many of the PhD projects supported by the DTP will be co-supervised across at least two of the partner universities, allowing students to join existing and emerging research partnerships.

The DTP is awarding 54 studentships over 3 years and recruitment for the first cohort (September 2016) is happening now. PhD projects are aligned with one of the three strategic research themes that characterise the GW4 BioMed DTP: Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

The portfolio of PhD projects available also reflects the collective strengths of the DTP: quantitative skills (including mathematical modelling), using data for discovery, in vivo skills, and interdisciplinary training and approaches, including imaging (physics, engineering), chemistry and health economics. The DTP places a strong emphasis on developing these cross-cutting skills and may also fund excellent projects that sit outside the strategic themes where they focus on one or more of the skills priorities.

The training programme has three strands: research skills; professional and career development skills; and opportunities to broaden horizons, which might include placements, research visits, public engagement internships and a mini-MD programme of bespoke clinical exposure. Events throughout the programme will develop researcher communities across the partnerships.


The MRC GW4 BioMed DTP will award 18 studentships per annum. The DTP welcomes students from non-medical backgrounds and can fund additional training to assist discipline conversion. Most studentships will be 3.5 years full-time or up to 7 years part-time, and can be longer where additional specialist training is integral to the project.

The MRC GW4 BioMed DTP is advertising 45 projects across a range of disciplines, grouped by research theme. The 18 projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

Projects for September 2016 start (deadline for applications is January 14th 2016)

Infection, Immunity and RepairInfection, Immunity and Repair

15 Projects Available

Magnetic-Resonance-Imaging-MRINeuroscience and Mental Health

24 Projects Available

Medical-results-and-stethoscopePopulation Health

8 Projects Available

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form by 9am January 14th 2016. You may apply for up to 3 projects.

For University of Bath projects you will also need to complete their institutional application form by 9am January 14th 2016.

The Management Board will complete the shortlisting and inform applicants by 22 January 2016.

If you are shortlisted you will need to;

  • contact your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss your application between 25th January and 5th February
  • submit two references and a copy of your academic transcript(s) by February 5th 2016
  • attend an interview in Cardiff on 9th or 10th February 2016

Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.

Further Information

Further information on funding and eligibility.

Further information on Data Protection.

For informal enquiries, please contact

For project related queries, please contact the respective supervisors. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of the individual projects.