Studentship Options

MRC LID offers studentship awards via either of these routes

  • 1+4 (Masters + PhD)
  • +4 (PhD)

and accommodates two different modes of study

  • Full-time
  • Part-time


The routes are shown at the full-time equivalent (FTE).

1+4 years – MSc and PhD Programme
1+4 awards may be made to applicants showing potential, who require a Master’s qualification. Students will apply for a research project, but will undertake a Master’s programme before beginning their research degree. Students on this scheme are required  to pass their Master’s programme in order to progress to the PhD programme. The Master’s programme will be based at either of the partner institutions (LSHTM or SGUL). Usually, the Master’s programme offered will be of direct relevance to the research project and MRC LID themes.

+4 – PhD Programme
The 4-year PhD programme is for students with relevant Master’s or equivalent training. Students will apply for specific research projects at the outset and will be expected to take some taught modules (usually during Year 1 or 2), to widen and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their field.

All students, regardless of route, will also have opportunities to gain new skills to allow them to undertake multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research, and are required to undertake a required 3-month placement or internship which is not directly related to their PhD research (ideally in Year 2 or 3), as part of this programme.


Full-time study is the equivalent to a full-time job (approximately 40 hours per week).

Part-time study should be assumed to be approximately 50% of full-time study (approximately 20 hours per week).

Applications for part-time study may be accepted depending on the nature of the chosen project. Some projects are not suitable for part-time study, due to the nature of research. This is highlighted on the project information.

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