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MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

Discovery Medicine North

Application overview

Thank you for your interest in DiMeN DTP PhD studentships, applications for October 2019 entry have now closed.

What happens next?

For those of you who have applied, the selection is a two stage process, after the closing date (21st January 2019) academic members of the DiMeN Management Board will review your application and shortlist candidates for interview. We will contact you in approximately three weeks time via email to let you know the outcome of your application and if you will be invited to interview. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the DiMeN DTP manager Dr Emily Goodall (

In stage two, successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview (6th or 7th March, in Sheffield). You are expected to arrange a meeting with your preferred primary supervisor 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 on a  ‘scientific project’ of your choice, e.g. your undergraduate project, MSc project, or research carried out during research related employment/internship  etc.

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 listed upon application, 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.

The application system is administered by The University of Sheffield, up to 32 studentships will be awarded for October 2019 entry.


You must hold (or be about to obtain) a First or an Upper Second Class UK undergraduate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognised EU institution, in an area relevant to the projects you are applying for. Qualifications (or a combination of qualifications and experience) which demonstrate equivalent ability and attainment will also be considered. For example, a less than sufficient first degree may be enhanced to meet the requirements by the acquisition of a Distinction at Masters level or significant research experience gained from employment).

These studentships are available to UK and other EU nationals ONLY. For full details on eligibility, including residence requirements, please see the MRC website.  We are not currently accepting applications from overseas students.

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 88 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