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Postgraduate Study - PhD and Research Degrees

Medical Research Council Great West 4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC GW4 BioMed)

Applications for fully-funded studentships open on 4th September 2023.

The GW4 BioMed2 MRC DTP is offering up to 22 funded studentships across a range of biomedical disciplines, with a start date of October 2024.

These four-year studentships provide funding for fees and stipend at the rate set by the UK Research Councils, as well as other research training and support costs, and are available to UK and International students.

About the GW4 BioMed2 Doctoral Training Partnership

The partnership brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff (lead) and Exeter to develop the next generation of biomedical researchers. Students will have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities, with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary and 'team science'. The DTP has already awarded over 90 studentships across 6 cohorts in its first phase, along with 38 students over 2 cohorts in its second phase.

The 108 projects available for application, are aligned to the following themes;

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


This studentship is funded through GW4BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. It consists of UK tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£18, 622 p.a. for 2023/24, updated each year).

Additional research training and support funding of up to £5,000 per annum is also available.

Studentships will be 4 years full time. Part time study is also available.

Projects available from the University of Exeter through this Centre can be viewed by searching the studentship funding database