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MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

Discovery Medicine North

Eligibility & funding

Equality, diversity and inclusion statement

The DiMeN DTP partners are wholly committed to increasing the diversity of individuals undertaking research and to ensuring that they do so in a supportive and inclusive training environment. Diversity strengthens our research community, we actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit and our shortlisting to interview process is conducted blindly to ensure fairness and consistency to everyone who applies.



DiMeN DTP studentships are funded for 3.5 years and include the following annual package of financial support over the duration of the studentship:

  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Council's national postgraduate rate.
  • Full payment of tuition fees at the Home rate.
  • A research training support grant (RTSG) to support your research costs.
  • Opportunity to apply to our Flexible Funding awards to further support your training and development needs.

iCASE Projects

A number of our projects have full iCASE industry partners.  For these projects students will benefit from an enhanced stipend (£2,500 pa in addition to the UKRI standard rate), additional research/consumables budget for the project and a minimum of 3 months on placement spent working in the facilities of the industrial collaborator.  For further details please speak to the relevant supervisors directly or email us.


More details can be found on the MRC website:

Minimum qualifications and experience to undertake a research degree are detailed in the QAA UK Quality for Higher Education. For some subject areas, there is also an expectation that an individual will have undertaken a Masters qualification before beginning a doctoral programme. Candidates should possess the relevant qualifications and/or experience to demonstrate a capability to undertake a doctorate, which will be assessed during the recruitment process. 

We welcome in particular applications from students with physical science, machine learning and/or mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills to address the challenges of 21st century bioscience research.

English Language Requirements

If your native language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate your English proficiency by gaining an English language qualification.  The minimum standard to be eligible for a DiMeN DTP studentship is an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent. Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study (October 2021).

Programme benefits

  • A breadth of training opportunities from single molecules to the patient
  • Up to 30 funded studentships per year 
  • Cutting edge technologies and state-of the-art facilities to deliver world-class results
  • Join a community of researchers from across the North of England