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Study as a GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership student at Bath

Funding is available from the GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership for new doctoral students in humanities, engineering and science.

About the partnership

The GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together the next generation of medical researchers.


Supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers, helping them to be collaborative, curious, critical and confident.

Students will have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities, with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinarity and 'team science'. Many of the PhD projects available will be co-supervised across at least two of the partner universities, allowing students to join existing and emerging research partnerships.

The GW4 BioMed2 MRC DTP has three strands:

  • research skills
  • professional and career development skills
  • opportunities to broaden horizons, which might include placements, research visits, public engagement internships and a mini-MD programme of bespoke clinical exposure

Events throughout the programme will develop researcher communities across the partnership.

Project portfolio

The portfolio of PhD projects available reflects the collective strengths of the DTP:

  • quantitative skills (including mathematical modelling)
  • using data for discovery
  • in vivo skills
  • interdisciplinary training and approaches, including imaging (physics, engineering), chemistry and health economics

The DTP places a strong emphasis on developing these cross-cutting skills.

PhD projects

PhD projects are aligned with one of the three strategic research themes that characterise the DTP:

  • Infection, Immunity, Antimicrobial Resistance and Repair
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Population Health Sciences

Studentship value

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You can get funding for up to four years. This includes:

  • tuition fees
  • research and training support grant of between £2,000 and £5,000 per year
  • maintenance stipend of £15,609 per year (2021/22 rate)

Eligibility criteria

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Funding eligibility

Home and International students can apply for this award; however, in line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International students will be limited to 30% of the total.

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Academic eligibility

You must have obtained, or be expected to obtain, at least an Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of medical sciences.

However, the DTP also welcomes students from non-medical backgrounds, especially in areas of computing, mathematics, and the physical sciences. Please check the specific requirements of each project of interest before completing your application. Academic qualifications are considered alongside any significant relevant non-academic experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 overall in Academic IELTS (with no less than 6.0 in any individual skill). Other tests are accepted. See our Postgraduate English language requirements for more information.


Application deadlines

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Scheme opens

Applications are accepted from Monday 11 October 2021.

Application deadline

Applications close on Friday 26 November 2021 at 17:00 GMT.

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