Objectives of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE)

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

The goal of the DTP is: 

  • To develop future leaders in translational research relevant to Global Health. 
  • To develop researchers with quantitative and interdisciplinary skills. 
  • 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 and to generate PhD work plans and output that is highly impactful. 

We are seeking candidates with exceptional research credentials to work within active research groups to work alongside principal investigator to develop project proposals submitted by LSTM and Lancaster University staff. Projects cover the MRC skill priority areas 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 Lancaster University. 

The DTP is structured around a 1-year Master of Research (MRes) programme followed by a 3-year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. 


The MRes in Global Health: Translational and Quantitative Skills programme is delivered by Lancaster University. The focus of the course is on developing skills in advanced quantitative methods within wider applications of global health initiatives, and on linking fundamental research to the needs of global populations. 

The course aims to equip students with: 

  • an understanding of the fundamental principles of key disciplines relevant to translational research for global health. These include biology, sociology, statistics, and informatics.
  • an understanding of the way in which quantitative, qualitative and lab-based methodologies jointly contribute to translational research for global health.
  • an in-depth knowledge of advanced quantitative methods relevant to translational research for global health. 

Students will also become familiar with the four main stages of the translational research pathway as applied to global health: 

  • T1 – Basic research, such as laboratory research seeking to move a discovery into a candidate clinical/health application.
  • T2 – Evidence-based research, such as clinical trials of diagnostics, vaccines and drugs, or human trials of bed nets.
  • T3 – Research that moves evidence-based guidelines into health practice.
  • T4 – Research that seeks to move health practice into population health impact. 

The course is delivered via a 60-credit programme of taught modules, and 120 credits of research projects. The taught modules provide students with a minimum skills base across biological, qualitative, and quantitative methods, with optional modules allowing students to make choices according to their interests. The research project rotations consolidate this knowledge, providing experience and training in the practical aspects of scientific research. 

Students should expect to undertake three research project rotations, chosen from a catalogue of options, with flexibility in timing to help you balance overall study hours according to choice of taught modules. Rotations may take place at Lancaster or LSTM, with an industrial/non-academic partner, or overseas. Students are strongly encouraged to consider undertaking a quantitative-themed project, a project linked to their chosen PhD project of choice, and a project that is related to a theme that they have little experience with, in order to deepen their exposure to challenges within translational approaches. 

As students are registered at Lancaster University for the MRes component of the programme, students are expected to relocate to the area for the start of the course. Funding for travel accommodation to undertake research project rotations outside of Lancaster may be sourced from bench fees or DTP-specific funding supplements. 


Throughout the MRes year, students will have had the opportunity to work with academic supervisors at both institutions to develop an initial PhD outline into a fully-fledged research proposal. 

Upon successful completion of the MRes course, students will register for a 3-year, full-time PhD programme, normally at LSTM, and will benefit from support from an experienced supervisory team of research active staff, and access to world-class facilities. 

In addition to expert guidance, students will be able to access a wide range of opportunities for personal and professional development, from specialist training in core techniques and methodologies through to skills-based workshops on a variety of topics including project management, teaching skills and interview techniques. 

MRC DTP students can also benefit from access to supplementary funding for the purpose of additional skill development and high cost/exceptional training, engaging in internship/placement opportunities, and pursuing activities related to transition from PhD. 

PHD students will be able to choose from a range of award titles upon exit: Clinical Sciences, Global Health, Parasitology, Tropical Disease Biology, Tropical Medicine, or Vector Biology. 

CASE Studentships 

The purpose of CASE studentships is to: 

  • Provide students with experience of collaborative research with a non‐academic partner.
  • Strengthen and develop collaboration and partnerships between research organisations and non‐academic partner organisations.
  • Offer outstanding students an experience of at least two distinct research cultures.
  • Provide access to a wider than usual range of technology, facilities and expertise.

Successful applicants to a CASE studentships will be expected to engage in a placement period of a minimum of 3 months up to maximum of 18 months with a non-academic partner.