Call for PhD proposals (deadline 02 Sept 2022)

The University of Liverpool is leading the MRC funded Trials Methodology Research Partnership Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), bringing together 12 partners (University of Liverpool, the Institute of Cancer Research, Newcastle University, Queen Mary University London, University College London, the Universities of Aberdeen, Bangor, Birmingham, Cambridge, Glasgow, Leeds and Plymouth) to provide doctoral training.

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The strategic theme of the DTP is trials methodology, incorporating the interplay between design, conduct and analysis with following sub-themes:

  1. Improving efficiency and resilience of trials (including innovative designs such as adaptive, basket, umbrella and platform trials; digital technology for recruitment and retention of participants; “data-enabled” trials accessing routinely collected data and registries; trial conduct)
  2. Improving informativeness of trials (including outcome choice; analysis issues such as causal inference; stratified medicine studies such as biomarker-driven designs; economic evaluation)
  3. Improving stakeholder engagement (including patient and Public Involvement; inclusivity and representativeness; reducing the burden for patients and researchers; policymaker involvement).

The DTP will develop and train a cohort of researchers with methodological skills and insight beyond clinical trials. It is a fantastic opportunity for students as they will benefit from a carefully designed structured ‘core’ training programme complemented by a range of more specialised optional training courses, extra funding opportunities to widen their experience, internship opportunities, and be part of a wider network of trials methodologists.

In the second year of the DTP, we plan to submit 4 PhD project proposals from Glasgow. We therefore invite submission of PhD proposals from potential supervisors with an interest in trials methodology research. Received proposals will be centrally shortlisted by internal Glasgow review panel. It is expected that a total of 12 studentships in the current round will be awarded to begin in academic year 2023.

Projects must be designed to directly address clinical trial methodology outlined above. Applications should be made using the approved two-page application form. The typeface should be verdana 10pt black. Do not adjust the page borders.

Deadline for applications is 3.00pm on Friday 02 September 2022. Please email completed applications to rod.taylor@glasgow.ac.uk**Please use this updated form, as further important considerations are highlighted and required sections are important for project scoring. Only projects on this form will be considered**

The expected timelines for this year’s competition are as follows:

  • Friday 02 Sept 2022 Deadline for staff to submit project proposals (as above)
  • Mid Sept 2022 Shortlisting of projects by internal University of Glasgow Review Panel
  • End Sept 2022 Submission of University of Glasgow selected projects
  • Early Oct 2022 Shortlisting of submitted projects from partners by central Clinical Trial Methodology Review DTP Committee (feedback to project applicants)
  • Mid Oct 2022 Selected projects advertised through FindaPhD/applicants to discuss project with supervisor/supervisors return comments
  • 16 Jan 2023 Deadline for student applications and ranking of applicants
  • Feb/early March 2023 Student interviews/confirmation of PhD offers

If you require further information or you wish to discuss a specific proposal please contact Rod Taylor


First published: 17 August 2022