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MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

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Application overview

Thank you for your interest in DiMeN DTP PhD studentships.  Applications for October 2023 will open in November 2022.

In preparation, the information you will need to apply is below and a more general guide to applying for PhD positions can be found HERE



How to apply

You are given the option to apply for up to three PhD projects available across the DiMeN DTP network, a full list of available projects will be available HERE

The application system is administered by The University of Sheffield, up to 40 studentships will be awarded for October 2023 entry.  Please read these guidance notes carefully to maximise your chances of success.  Good luck.




What you will need to apply

Our application system asks for:

Sections B/C: Personal and contact details

Section D: Course specific questions (see below)

Sections E/F: Nationality, Residency and English Language qualifications              

Sections G/H: Details of previous education (certificates are not needed at this stage but may be requested if you are shortlisted to interview)           

Section I: Employment History      

Section J: Two references. You will be asked to provide contact details for your referees who will be contacted automatically for references when you apply. In this section of the application, please select ‘email my referee a link to upload my reference.’

Sections K/L: Equal opportunities and any additional information

Section M: Personal supporting documents e.g. CV (these documents will not be viewed by the shortlisting panel, but will be required if you are invited to interview)


Section D: Course Specific Questions

IMPORTANT: The three requested statements are the only part of your application the shortlisting panel will see. Please make sure all the information you want the panel to take into consideration is included and you stay within the word limit, statements over 200 words each may be rejected.


1: Please write a 200 word statement outlining your academic and employment achievements. Highlight any prizes, scholarships or awards, including excellent module results, project outcomes and final/predicted degree grade(s). DO include the subject of your previous degrees, but please DO NOT state the awarding institution within your statement, we are operating a shortlisting process with location of degree information anonymised as part of our EDI strategy to increase diversity in STEM.  


2: Please write a 200 word statement explaining why you are interested in doing a PhD within the DiMeN DTP. You should include details of why you want to study for a research degree, your suitability to the research areas/topics selected and what you would gain from being part of the DiMeN cohort.  Our panel is looking to see that you have understood what PhD study involves, have a proactive approach, are passionate about the research area and motivated to succeed.


 3: Describe a situation where you have gathered evidence, how you used this to devise a conclusion and inform actions (200 words maximum).  This is a competency based question, your answer could include a situation from research experience, employment, voluntary work, committees or previous education. The panel is looking for an example that demonstrates your skills and potential.


Additional notes

Section G: Please ensure you provide details of all University education here, including qualifications that are ongoing (such as an MSc).  If not yet awarded, it is important to state your predicted grade in the statements.

Section I: It is not necessary for you to complete this section, all relevant employment experience should be noted in your section D statements  

Section J: References will only be viewed after the shortlisting process and made available to supervisors. Please make sure named references are aware that they will be contacted to support your application.

Section M: Please upload an up to date CV, this will only be viewed after the shortlisting process to help prepare the panel for interview. Anything you wish the panel to take into account when shortlisting must be stated in statements.


What happens next?

Selection is a two stage process, after the closing date (January 2023) academic staff from our partner institutions will review your application statements and shortlist candidates for interview. 

In stage two, successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (early March 2023, online). You are expected to arrange a virtual meeting with the supervisors of all projects listed on your application before the interview takes place, supervisors will then provide the panel with feedback regarding your suitability to their project. Please note, project supervisors will not be on the central panel for this interview and you will be asked to give a presentation.

If successful at the interview stage, you will be recommended for a PhD position.  Those who rank highest after the interviews will be offered their first choice of project, during previous rounds a number of students have been offered their second or third choices, which maximises the chances of gaining a PhD position within the DTP.

Any queries, please contact the DiMeN DTP manager Dr Emily Goodall (


Programme benefits

  • A breadth of bespoke training opportunities from single molecules to the patient
  • Join a community of over 150 PhD students across the North of England for peer support throughout your PhD
  • Cutting edge technologies and state-of the-art facilities to deliver world-class results
  • Access to additional MRC funding and internship opportunities via our Flexible Supplement Award scheme