The GW4 BioMed MRC DTP brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of biomedical researchers. Students have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities with opportunities to participate in interdisciplinarity and ‘team science’. Many of the PhD projects supported by the DTP are co-supervised across at least two of the partner universities, allowing students to join existing and emerging research partnerships.
The DTP is awarding almost 100 studentships over 5 years to UK and EU students (who meet the RCUK residency requirements). We already have 62 students and will be taking a further two cohorts of 18 students in 2019 and 2020.
PhD projects are aligned with one of the three strategic research themes that characterise the GW4 BioMed MRC DTP: Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.
The portfolio of PhD projects available also reflects the collective strengths of the DTP: quantitative skills (including mathematical modelling), using data for discovery, in vivo skills, and interdisciplinary training and approaches, including imaging (physics, engineering), chemistry and health economics. The DTP places a strong emphasis on developing these cross-cutting skills and may also fund excellent projects that sit outside the strategic themes where they focus on one or more of the skills priorities. Each studentship provides funding for 3.5 years, which may be extended where additional specialist training is integral to the project.
The training programme has three strands: research skills; professional and career development skills; and opportunities to broaden horizons, which might include placements, research visits, public engagement internships and a bespoke programme of clinical exposure. Events throughout the programme will develop researcher communities across the partnerships.