Selection Process
MRC LID will apply a single, cross-institution approach to student recruitment to ensure that the best students are selected. Selection criteria will include strong academic background, demonstrable aptitude for research, evidence of motivation for undertaking a PhD and an understanding of what it entails.

Admissions policies at both institutions are in line with Equality & Diversity strategies, and aim to support fair, explicit and consistent admission procedures.

Application for Study
Those applicants who will be primarily registered at LSHTM will be expected to submit an application for study, via our online applications system, once they have been made a studentship offer. This will be noted in the offer of funding letter.

Those applicants who will be primarily registered at SGUL will not be required to complete an admissions application, but may be asked to provide original documents and additional information at a later stage.

All applicants will be contacted before the end of February 2018 with an outcome (both unsuccessful applicants and those invited for interview).

Interviews are due to be held over the week beginning 12 March 2018. MRC LID would prefer short-listed candidates to attend for interview in person.

The interview format for 2018 is still being finalised. To give you an idea of the interview process please see the 2017-18 interview format below:
Thursday 16 March 2017:
* initial briefing at SGUL
* tour of SGUL
* individuals meet with their potential supervisors
* tour of LSHTM
* drinks reception with current MRC students and staff associated with MRC LID at LSHTM
Friday 17 March 2017:
* formal interviews
MRC LID covered the cost of reasonable overnight accommodation.

Further information will be provided to short-listed candidates at the time they are invited for interview.


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