MRC DTP/CASE: How to apply

These notes are intended to assist you in completing your MRC DTP/CASE application form online as efficiently as possible. Please read through these notes carefully before beginning your application, and ensure that you complete all relevant sections of the applications form in full. When submitting your application, you should also attach any relevant supporting documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that relevant documents are attached to your application.

 We recommend that you type up your answers in a separate document (e.g. Microsoft Word or Google Docs) as you will only be able to view a limited copy of the application form once you have submitted.

Deadline: Thursday 11th February 2021; 12:00 noon GMT

If you have any questions, please contact the MRC DTP/CASE Admissions Team at pgr@lstmed.ac.uk. Please bear in mind that the Team receives a high volume of queries and are unable to respond to enquiries during the winter break. Please ensure that you submit any enquiries or highlight any issues as far in advance of the deadline for submission as possible.

All Applications for the MRC DTP/CASE programme are made online via MyLSTM

If you have not previously applied for an LSTM programme, or have a profile on MyLSTM, you will first need to register:

  • Once you MyLSTM registration is complete, please login and select the tab ‘Click here to start a new application’
  • From the section ‘Choose your programme/course’, select ‘Research Programme’ from the drop-down menu
  • The option: ‘MRC Doctoral Training Programme: 20/21’ will appear in the ‘Results’ section
  • Select the ‘Apply’ button to the right of the screen.

You will then enter the application form. Detailed guidance on each section of the form can be found below:

1. Welcome

Please indicate how you heard about this programme/course

2. Personal Details

Please provide your name exactly in the format that it appears in your passport. If you have ever held any previous names, please all provide information about this.

You should also complete all fields related to contact details, country of birth, and nationality.

You will be required to upload a scanned copy of a current, valid passport, or alternative identification.

3. Address Details

Although most of our correspondence will be with you via email, we may, on occasion, be required to send something via post.

Please provide details of your permanent home address, which is the address where you usually live. If you prefer correspondence to be sent to a different address then please also complete the Correspondence Address section. If your correspondence address changes, please contact us immediately.

The address details you provide will form part of the criteria that we will use to determine your eligibility with regards to the residency requirements linked to this studentship. See Funding and Eligibility for further details.

4. Study & Research

Applicants may select up to three projects from the list provided. This should be done in consultation with the PhD Opportunities page.

You must select at least one project to progress your application. It should be noted that your selection is merely an expression of your area of interest and does not secure a particular project to your application or admission.

Please take note of the project(s) that you select before you submit your application as you will not be able to review project selections after submission and the MRC DTP/CASE Admissions Team will not be able to confirm to you.

5. Academic Qualifications

It is the policy of LSTM and this studentship programme to consider only applicants that hold a first class, or high upper second-class Honours degree, a Masters degree, or a degree of a comparable standard awarded from outside the UK in an area relevant to the available MRC DTP/CASE-specific PhD Opportunities page.

Where an applicant does not meet the Honours degree requirement (e.g. they hold a lower second class Honours degree), they may be eligible to apply if they also hold a Master’s degree with an awarded distinction in an area relevant to the available MRC DTP/CASE project they intend to be considered for. To be considered for this exemption, candidates must provide an award certificate and transcript for both qualifications. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider Masters qualifications that have not yet been awarded for this purpose.

Please provide full details of any relevant academic qualifications that you hold or expect to be awarded and upload both award certificate and transcript where available. If you do not have a transcript you should request this from the awarding institution. Please be aware that transcripts can often take up to 28 days to produce depending on the institution.

If predicted grades are not available for Honours degree studies which are still in progress, a partial transcript providing details of Years 1 and 2 can be provided instead. Studentships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

To upload a certificate AND a transcript for the same award, you must add TWO qualification records to the application form. You must complete ‘Name of College/University’, ‘Country’, ‘Start Date’, ‘Qualification’, ‘Actual or Expected Class/Grade’ and then attach your Certificate or Transcript under ‘Associated Certificate or Transcript’. You should then ‘Add Another Academic Qualification’, replicate the information in the fields above, and attach the other document.

6. Professional Qualifications

Completion of this section is not mandatory for the purpose of admission, however please feel free to provide details of any relevant professional or other qualifications that you hold and, where applicable, upload copies of your award certificates and/or transcripts.

7. Experience/Employment

Please attach an anonymised Curriculum Vitae to this section. Anonymising means removing any information that could lead to you being identified. If your CV contains details of any of the following you must remove:

  • Photo
  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity

You may include details of any of your publications on your anonymised CV.

Failure to upload an anonymised CV as per the above guidelines may invalidate your application and mean that you are not considered for this opportunity.

8. English Language

In order to ensure that candidates are equipped with the skills to successfully pursue studies and participate in all aspects of academic life, applicants must meet LSTM’s minimum English Language Requirements.

Please refer specifically to the list of Majority English-Speaking Countries and if you are required to, provide relevant evidence where required.

9. Personal Statement

This section gives you the opportunity to explain:

  • Why you have chosen to apply to this programme
  • Why you want to study at LSTM
  • What you hope to gain from your studies
  • How the programme fits in with your career plans
  • What skills and experiences you would bring to the PhD community
  • What long-term benefits you would envisage (both personally, and in relation to the objectives of the MRC DTP/CASE programme) if you were to be accepted

You are able to upload a personal statement to this section rather than complete the provided fields, and it is preferred that you use the upload facility. If you upload a personal statement you must ensure that your statement provides responses to each of the statements/questions above.

10. Fees and Funding

Please select ‘MRC Doctoral Training Partnership’ from the drop-down menu.

11. References

Please provide the names and contact details of 2 suitable referees who have indicated that they are willing to provide a reference for you. Suitable referees are senior academic and/or professional persons who are currently or have recently been responsible for supervising you and must also have an institutional/organisational email address which you should provide (i.e. not gmail/hotmail etc.) Friends and family are not acceptable. If you upload details of a referee that contains a non-institutional email address, the reference may not be considered.

Please ensure that you select ‘Add Another Referee’ in order to add details of a second referee before submitting your application.

When applying to the MRC DTP/CASE programme you are not required to upload reference letters as the details that you provide will be used to contact the referee directly. If you do have any references to hand which you feel meet requirements and are dated within 2 years you are able to upload these.

12. Visa and Immigration

Please select the relevant option from the drop-down menu when/if presented.

13. Equal Opportunities

Please complete as fully as possible.

Your data will not be disclosed for other purposes outside of LSTM’s Student Data Privacy Statement

14. Declaration

You can save and return to your application if you do not intend to complete it in one sitting.

If you have completed all mandatory fields of the application and attached all required documentation and are happy for your application to be reviewed you should see a button in the bottom right corner of the screen that invites you to ‘SUBMIT’.

Please ensure that you have attached all required documentation to your application and taken note of your project selections before you submit as you will be unable to review attachments after submission.

Remember, you must’ve completed and submitted all of the information indicated above to be considered for shortlisting. Please take care especially to ensure that you have:

  • Uploaded or submitted details of all available academic qualification documentation
  • Uploaded an anonymised Curriculum Vitae
  • Uploaded a personal statement
  • Uploaded or arranged submission of two references. If we have not received your references by the deadline your application will not be considered. Adding details of a referee is not sufficient for the purposes of fulfilling this condition.
  • Proved that you meet LSTM’s English Language Requirements.

Until you have selected ‘Submit’ your application will remain in ‘Draft’ format and will not be reviewed.