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MRC DTP in Precison Medicine studentships 



ANNUAL STIPEND (2018/19 rate): £14,777


Up to 2 fully funded studentship positions are available in the College of Medical Veterinary, Medical and Life Sciences. Below you will find an exciting and diverse range of available 19/20 MRC DTP in Precision Medicine projects. Projects are registered at the University of Glasgow.

Our MRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Precision Medicine is a collaborative programme with the University of Edinburgh. This DTP addresses key MRC skills priorities in Quantitative Skills (mathematics, statistics, computation, developing digital excellence) as applied to variety of data sources (from ‘omics’ to health records) or Interdisciplinary Skills including imaging, and stratified 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 (in a relevant field), or a 4 year PhD for those entering with a BSc Honours (in a relevant field). 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 outlined above. Students on the 3.5 year programme are required to take 30 credits 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 positions are fully funded for either 3.5 years or 4 years dependent on Training Needs Assessment at start of programme, and includes an annual consumable allowance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact project supervisors to discuss the project and the project partner details.  More details about the Precision Medicine programme.

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Qualifications criteria
Applicants applying for a MRC DTP in Precision Medicine 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 MRC DTP in Precision Medicine studentship grant provides funding for tuition fees and stipend for UK and EU nationals. To be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).


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

• CV/Resume
• Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2019)
• Language test (if relevant)
• Passport
• 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)
• 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

How to Apply

This MRC programme is joint between the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. You will be registered at the host institution of the primary supervisor detailed in your project selection. 

All applications should be made via the University of Edinburgh, irrespective of project location: 

Please note, you must apply to one of the projects and you should contact the primary supervisor prior to making your application. Additional information on the application process is available from the link above. 

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