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MRC DTP in Precision Medicine iCASE Studentships 



ANNUAL STIPEND (UKRI rate 2021/22): £15,609


Our MRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Precision Medicine is a transformational approach that integrates evidence from advanced datasets on myriad clinical samples with individual genomics, e-record, imaging and other data-rich -omic parameters to accelerate discovery and research impact. Our PhD with Integrated Study in Precision Medicine is funded via a Doctoral Training Programme Grant from the Medical Research Council – the programme is run jointly by the Unversities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm as an associated institution.

We are inviting iCASE project applications for our PhD with Integrated Study in Precision Medicine. The programme has a tiered access model allowing students to undertake a 3.5 year PhD, for students who already have a Masters degree, or a 4 year PhD for those entering with a BSc Honours. The mandatory taught training element is a vital aspect of the programme and is designed to ensure students gain skills aligned with the MRC skills priorities.

Students on the 3.5 year programme are required to take 30 credits of study in Year 1, and those on the 4 year programme 120 credits across the first 3 years, with 40 credits completed in Year 1.  Mandatory taught elements will include Statistics, Research Ethics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Health Economics, Data Management and Bioinformatics.

The iCASE scheme will provide an experience of collaborative research with a non-academic partner, and will involve at least a three-month placement over the lifetime of the PhD study. 

Please visit our website for more information about the Precison Medicine programme here


Qualifications criteria
Applicants applying for a MRC DTP in Precision Medicine iCASE studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

Residence criteria
The studentship provides funding for tuition fees, a stipend and laboratory expenses for Home (UK) applicants only.

The MRC DTP in Precision Medicine iCASE grant provides tuition fees and stipend of at least £15,609 (UKRI rate 2021/22).

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have settled status, or
• Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

All successful candidates will receive full tuition and stipend support.


Please ensure the following supporting documents are uploaded at point of application. 

• CV/Resume (This can be uploaded anywhere on your application. For example, as a Research Proposal is not required, it can be uploaded to that section.)
• Degree certificate
• Language test (if relevant)
• Passport (not required for UK nationals)
• Personal statement (this should provide any other required information in support of the application, such as evidence of previous academic or professional experience that qualifies you for the programme (projects; placements; voluntary work etc). You should state the reasons why you selected this programme and what benefit you hope to achieve through successful completion of the programme. The statement should include information about lab techniques you have used and research projects in which you have been involved. The statement should not be longer than one A4 page). It should be uploaded as an additional document on the application portal.
• Reference 1 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
• Reference 2 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
• Transcript

Please refer to the University of Edinburgh Application Guidance at


Apply now

Once you have all your supporting documentation you can apply through the University of Edinburgh Online Application System:

Please note, you must apply to a specific project and it is advised that you contact the primary supervisor prior to making your application. Available projects are detailed HERE. Please ensure that you include details of the project that you are applying to at the supervisor and project title section. The project title should be included in the Research Proposal section of the application. 

Note: you are not required to upload a research proposal for this programme, despite the online application stating this.

General enquiries regarding the programme and application procedure should be directed to Alexis Merry: