Studentship Routes

MRC LID Studentships are available via two potential routes:

MRC LID Cohort
  • 1+3 (Masters + 3 years PhD)
  • 3.5 years (3.5 years PhD)

1+3 years – MSc and PhD Programme

1+3 awards may be made to exceptional candidates requiring a Master’s qualification.  Students will apply for a research project, and enrol on a Master’s programme of direct relevance to the project and MRC LID theme before beginning their research degree.  Examples of suitable Masters programmes for 1+3 route include MSc Medical Statistics (LSHTM), MSc Genomic Medicine (SGUL), or MRes Infection and Immunity (SGUL).

3.5  years – PhD Programme

The 3.5 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 four study modules (usually during Year 1 or 2), tailored to their specific background and research needs, to widen and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their field. Each module provides the equivalent of 15 credits and may be delivered part-time over 5 weeks, as an intensive short course (full time for 1-3 weeks) or as an e-learning module. The additional 6 months funding (on top of the standard +3) award will provide students with opportunities to gain new skills to allow them to undertake multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research, and to undertake a required 3 month placement or internship which is not directly related to their PhD research (ideally in Year 2 or 3).

Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-Time?

The routes are shown for full-time studies. Applications for part-time study may be accepted depending on the nature of the chosen project.

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