About the programme

The guiding principles of our programme are to provide students with the opportunity to work with world class research scientists, and to mentor them through their PhD to postdoctoral fellowships and other career opportunities. Our programme is designed to provide rich and interdisciplinary training in research aimed at improving human health, from fundamental lab-based science to population health.

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Research themes


All students are admitted to one of the 4 themes. DTP students are part of a four-year programme that includes an initial ‘rotation’ year. Other students are part of a three-year programme that does not include the initial rotations.



Supervisors on the UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP span several UCL faculties including Life Sciences, Brain Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population and Health Sciences. 



The UCL Birkbeck MRC DTP offers high quality training to all DTP and iCASE students


Case Studentship

Industrial CASE PhDs are projects run in collaboration with an industrial partner.  The student applies to a specified project which has been created between an academic and industry partner.