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Leeds Liverpool Newcastle Sheffield

MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

Discovery Medicine North

Application overview

How to apply

*closing date for 2016 entry - 22nd January 2016*

To apply, please view our range of projects advertised on Choose the project that you wish to apply for and click ‘Apply now’.

From the advert, please be sure to note the project title, host institution and primary supervisor named on the advert as you will need these to apply.

As the DiMeN partnership is led by the University of Sheffield, the application system is administered by Sheffield. However if you choose a project for which the primary supervisor is based in Leeds, Liverpool, or Newcastle, you will, if successful, be registered and based at the institution of your primary supervisor.

What you will need

Our application system asks for:

Part 1: Your Details

Personal Details

Contact Details  

Nationality and Residency

English Language              

Previous Education           


Equal Opportunities          

Supplementary Information           

Personal Supporting Documents

Part 2: Course Application

Course Selection*

Referees and References**

Supporting Statement***

 * Course Selection 1) Under ‘Course Options’, please select 'MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership PhD (Full Time - 3 years)'. Note that we will also consider students seeking to do a part time PhD, in which case you should select ‘MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership PhD (Part Time - 6 years)’

2) In the box that says 'If you know which topic you would like to research please enter it here:' please paste the project title you have chosen. Do not enter a research proposal.

3) Please select the primary supervisor of the project you are applying for from the dropdown box

**We require two academic references. You will be asked to provide contact details for your referees and they will be automatically contacted for references when you apply. In this section of the application, please select ‘email my referee a link to upload my reference.’

***Here you will be asked to provide a short statement on your suitability for the position. In no more than 250 words, please describe why you would be the best candidate for this project.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application it will be forwarded to the institution of your prospective primary supervisor. After the closing date (22nd January 2016) the supervisor of your chosen project will review your application. If you succeed in making the shortlist, you will be called to interview by the Local Selection Panel at the institution in which your project is based. Interviews will take place between 15th and 26th Feb 2016. Final studentship allocations should be completed by 4th March 2016. We will aim to contact unsuccessful students before this date, but if you have not heard from us by mid-March 2016 please assume that you have not been successful.

Please note that you should make only one application to the DiMeN partnership. If more than one application is submitted by an applicant only the first application made will be considered.   

Programme benefits

  • A breadth of training opportunities from single molecules to the patient
  • 24 fully funded studentships each year
  • Cutting edge technologies and state-of the-art facilities to deliver world-class results