Objectives of the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP)

1)    To develop future leaders in translational research relevant to Global Health.

2)    To develop researchers with quantitative and interdisciplinary skills.

3)    To develop bridge scientists who can translate scientific innovation into beneficial impact on health for the world’s most vulnerable people and communities.

The structure of the programme allows extremely bright, enthusiastic individuals with outstanding track records from diverse academic backgrounds (e.g. medicinal chemists, molecular biologists, parasitologists, entomologists, pharmacologists, clinicians, mathematicians, economists, social and management scientists) to hone their research ideas, interests, and skills in the first year and, in consultation with PIs, to generate PhD work plans that are highly competitive and impactful.

We are seeking candidates with exceptional research credentials to work within active research groups based around project proposals submitted by LSTM and LU staff. Projects cover the MRC skill priority areas available here and are drawn from across all of LSTM’s four research departments and themes and topics and from the CHICAS and MPS research groups at LU.

Funding & Eligibility

Studentships will be offered on a 1 + 3 basis (1 year MRes plus 3 year PhD), i.e. 4 years of study for each student. Students will receive an award equivalent to the Research Council stipend and fees and a contribution towards their running costs / bench fees starting from Year 2. There may be instances whereby a student can demonstrate that they have previously completed a relevant Masters qualification, in which case they may be permitted to request exemption from the MRes year, and be ‘fast-tracked’ to join the previous year’s cohort on a 0 + 3 basis (3 year PhD) = 3 year PhD. 

 We seek applications from a broad range of backgrounds including life sciences, medicine, mathematics, public health, health economics, and social sciences. The studentships will be awarded based on academic excellence and performance at interview. Applicants should hold a first or a upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the available research projects and in line with LSTM, CHICAS and MPS topics and themes.