TMRP Doctoral Training Partnership

TMRP DTP Studentships

Applications for October 2023 Are Now Open


Are you interested in medical research that matters to patients and the NHS?

The MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP) aims to Improve health by improving trials. Our MRC Doctoral Training Partnership presents an opportunity to undertake training for a PhD in trials methodology.

We will advertise upcoming projects in various areas including statistics, data analytics and informatics, computer science, health economics, qualitative methods, mixed-methods, clinical medicine and psychology.


Professional development training and support

Students will become members of the TMRP, offering a broader spectrum of training activities and networking opportunities beyond their host Research Organisation. Students will be encouraged to join relevant TMRP working groups, where they will meet other PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and senior academic staff from relevant and complementary research themes. In addition to a structured ‘core’ training programme, we are able to provide a range of more specific training that students may choose to attend following consultation with their supervisors.

Our Associate Partner Research Organisations are able to offer opportunities for students that will include: research visits; internships with industry, regulatory bodies and clinical trials units; engagement with health professional and other research networks. We will encourage and support DTP students to apply for international internship schemes such as the UKRI UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme.


Applications for all projects should be made by emailing with:

  • The completed application form Guidance and Application Form

  • Your relevant undergraduate degree transcripts and certificate copies;

  • A copy of your passport (photo page)

  • Your English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL certificate, where applicable)

  •  Additional Details Form as a Word document (not pdf), named as follows: Application Details Form – surname, name.

Format of document submission:

Please submit your documents in the following format only:

  • each document should be submitted as a separate attachment and should be named as follows: [candidate surname, candidate name – [document]]. For example: Jones, Jamie – CV; Jones, Jamie – cover letter; Jones, Jamie – BSc transcript.
  • Please submit .pdf documents where possible for your transcripts and certificates. Do not submit photos of certificates.
  • Do not combine documents into one pdf. You may zip separate documents into a zip file to send via email if required.
  • Please only send the Additional Details Form as a Word document (not pdf), named as follows: Application Details Form – surname, name.

Applications not meeting these criteria may be rejected.

Acknowledgement – you will receive an autoreply to your submission which is your receipt of application. If the DTP requires any further information for your application we will be in touch

Please complete the application form fully. Incomplete forms will not be considered. CVs will not be accepted for this scheme.

Please apply giving details for your first choice project. You can provide details of up to two other TMRP DTP projects you may be interested in at section B of the application form.

Before making an application, applicants should contact the project supervisor to find out more about the project and to discuss their interests in the research before 09 January 2023.

The deadline for applications is 4pm (GMT) 16 January 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

Completed application forms must be returned to:


Full List of Projects and Further Information



University College London


Queen Mary University London


Newcastle University


University of Liverpool


University of Leeds


Institute of Cancer Research


University of Cambridge          


University of Birmingham   


Bangor University


University of Aberdeen


University of Plymouth.


University of Glasgow