Scholarships and funding

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) recruits to a number of fully funded studentships each year across many key areas of College research.

PhD Opportunities in MDS

PhD Opportunities are advertised under one of the eight College Institutes in which they will be primarily based. For information on our latest vacancies and scholarship opportunities please see the Doctoral Researcher Database.

Kennedy Trust MB-PhD Programme

The Kennedy Trust MB-PhD Programme provides an outstanding opportunity for early career training in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. Each year we are able to offer three Intercalating PhD studentships (MBPhDs) in Musculoskeletal & Inflammatory Diseases. The programme is led by Professor Karim Raza.

For further information, please visit the Kennedy Trust MB-PhD programme website 

Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre Clinical and Non-Clinical PhD Fellowships

Kick-start your career at the Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre as a PhD fellow and help to make it one of the UK’s most successful sites for translationally oriented cancer research. Applications are invited for non-clinical and clinical PhD studentships at the funded Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre Scholarships. 

Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Inflammation 

Mechanisms of Inflammatory Diseas(MIDAS)
The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease is designed to train the next generation of leading scientists in all aspects of inflammation biology. The Centre will be led by Professors Steve Watson (Medical School) and Robin May (Biosciences). For further information visit the MIDAS website.

MRC IMPACT Studentships

The Integrative Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT) is a MRC-funded doctoral training partnership between the universities of BirminghamLeicester and Nottingham, and the Research Complex at Harwell. For further information visit the IMPACT website.

Wellcome Trust Four Year PhD Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance (AAMR)
The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance is a joint DTP between the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham and is designed to train the next generation of leading scientists in all aspects of antimicrobial resistance. The Programme is led by Professor Willem van Schaik (UoB) and Professor Paul Williams (UoN). For further information visit the AAMR website.

Funding for prospective students

A number of other funding opportunities are available to prospective postgraduate students throughout the year at College and University level. To discover whether you are eligible for any of these awards, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database. The University also awards a number of scholarships for international students.

Research council funding

There are seven government-funded research councils that offer financial support to postgraduate students. The majority of the awards made by these councils are to students undertaking research degrees, though there are a few awards available to students on taught programmes. Full research council awards will cover the cost of tuitions fees and also provide a maintenance grant to support you during your study. Depending on your residency status and the research council you apply to, some EU students may be eligible for a fees only award. The value of fees and maintenance grant support that you receive is defined by Research Councils UK, the governing body for all seven of the UK research councils. See RCUK minimum stipend rates.

More information about the research councils is available from the Research Councils UK website or contact the University Graduate School:

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

The UK Government have introduced a new postgraduate doctoral loan of up to £25,000 per student for postgraduate doctoral courses which will be divided equally across each year of your course. You can use the loan to cover course fees and living costs. Information on Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for each research programme can be found in the individual programme pages. Unless otherwise stated fees are payable for each year of your programme of study. Use our Funding database to find funding you could be eligible for - some awards cover tuition fees.

Please note that research programmes involving intensive laboratory, clinical or fieldwork will incur an additional bench fee cost. This will be fully discussed with you as part of the application process.