TMRP PhD Studentships

MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership 

PhD Studentship Opportunities  

Multiple PhD studentships, various locations across the UK     

2019 entry

The MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership (TMRP) brings together a number of national and international networks, institutions and partners undertaking clinical trials and trials methodology research. Our overall aim being to improve patient care by improving the way in which the healthcare evidence base is developed.

Our PhD programme presents a unique opportunity to undertake training and research in major areas where clinical trials need to be improved to help increase the health of society. Projects are available at locations across the UK for candidates with qualifications in a variety of subject areas including statistics, mathematics, health economics, epidemiology, psychology, social science, computer science, informatics and health services research. 

What is included?


  • Funding is available to support PhD study, tuition fees and student stipend at the level set by the individual institution.
  • A broad range of trials methodology research training and internship opportunities across the Partnership, overseen by a Student Training Group chaired by Professor Catrin Tudur Smith
  • Membership of a student cohort, embedded within an international network of health researchers and clinical trialists
  • Opportunity to join one or more of the TMRP Working Groups
  • Exposure to a wide range of relevant research initiatives


Here are some of the HTMR Network PhD cohort describing their experiences and the benefits of studying for a PhD in trials methodology cohort and community such as TMRP - Charlie Harper, Heather Catt and Gemma Clayton


How to apply


Eligibility criteria and an application form for each project or institution should be available via the project links in the table above. 


Please note: The selection of a PhD candidate will follow the particular institute’s postgraduate recruitment procedure. We recommend that you discuss your interest with the relevant supervisor(s) prior to submitting an application.


Weblinks of a selection of projects offered by named institutions will become available in the table below - please keep checking for details:


Institution Title Closing date


Kings College London 



Multiple PhD studentship available: 

1.     A unified approach for the statistical analysis of post-randomisation variables in clinical trials

2.    Transdiagnostic mechanisms in cognitive behavioural interventions for patients with Persistent Physical Symptoms: How do transdiagnostic psychological therapies work?

3.    Precision medicine and mechanism: How and for whom do psychological treatments work?

4. Suggest own PhD project proposal in the area of Trials Methodology research.


15th November  



Developing and implementing multi-arm, multi-stage adaptive randomised controlled trials


 Open deadline  


Closed Adverts



Bangor University

 Access with Evidence Development

1st September


University of Nottingham

The role of diagnostic criteria for informing eligibility criteria in dermatology clinical trials 

Blinding in dermatology clinical trials

Site performance in multicentre clinical trials 

 25th July 
University of Exeter 


Assessing the Value of Outcome Assessment Blinding in Randomised Trials of Complex Interventions


4th July 
Institute of Cancer Research  

Statistical Issues in Design and Analysis of Platform Trials in Cancer

Development of Innovative Adaptive Designs to Improve Efficiency in Early Phase Clinical Trials

 28th June 
University of East Anglia


Design and efficient conduct of multi-centre trials in Pulmonary Fibrosis using novel methods of patient recruitment in partnership with patient and public groups as a Study Within a Trial (SWAT) 


 12th June 
University of Manchester

Patient choice of mode of outcome data collection in randomised controlled trials.

Carer recruitment to trials of healthcare interventions for people with stroke or mental health conditions: when is this useful and how representative are findings?


3rd June 

University of Warwick 


Statistical Methods for analysing Longitudinal Ordinal Data in Emergency and Critical Care Clinical Trials


 31st May 

Leeds       University


PhD Topics available here 


Extended to 31st May 
York University 


Development and Evaluation of a study within a trial to improve recruitment and retention 


23rd May 
Queen Mary University London 

Choosing the design of an external pilot study, focusing on objectives and sample size 

12 April 2019

Edinburgh University


The search for valid surrogate outcomes: review of current evidence and development of practical strategies for surrogate evaluation


5 April 2019

Aberdeen University

Public engagement with clinical trials: what and how? 

29 March 2019

University of Liverpool 

PhD Topics available here   21 March 2019

Newcastle University 

Statistical methodology for precision medicine trials 6 March 2019

Lancaster University 

Clinical Trial Designs for establishing treatment duration in infectious diseases  4 March 2019 

University of Glasgow

Issues in the Design and Analysis of Randomised Trials of Complex Interventions 24 February 2019