UK/EU students

MRC PhD studentships – Leeds Liverpool Newcastle Sheffield MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

Value of award

100% of UK/EU fees paid and a tax free stipend (living expenses) at the Research Council UK rate of £14,553 (subject to Research Council UK increase for 2018/19 entry). EU candidates must have been resident in the UK for 3 years in order to receive full support. Some students will be eligible for a fee only award (no stipend). Additional research training support funding is available.

Number of awards

32 studentships across the partnership

Start date and duration

September 2018 for 3.5 years

Application closing date

22 January 2018


Utilising the combined expertise of four world leading institutions, the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population.

The partner institutions (Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield) are core members of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance, which confronts stark North-South disparities in the rates of chronic disease, poor health and early death in a population of >15 million.

Over 60 projects are being offered across the Partnership, 32 of which will be funded via a studentship. The broad themes are:

The key outcome of the partnership will be to deliver training in stratified medicine, focussing on the best treatment for every patient.

Newcastle University is offering the following projects (full details are given on the FindaPhD website):


Medical Research Council (MRC)

Eligibility Criteria

You should be someone with an outstanding academic track record and can demonstrate your potential for the research project of your choice.

You must hold (or be about to obtain) a First or good 2:1 undergraduate honours degree, or a suitable qualification at Master's level, in biosciences or related sciences.

The multidisciplinary training experience and interdisciplinary nature of some of the projects means that we welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds.

These studentships are available to UK/EU applicants only. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements of the MRC. 

How to apply

Application information is given on DiMeN's website 

Eligible Courses