PhDs and studentships

Our student programme equips you with all the skills you'll need to successfully complete your studies through an extensive range of seminars, workshops and lectures. We also provide excellent research support facilities and expertise so that you can concentrate on research.

You'll play a central role in the scientific community at NIMR, and will thrive and succeed in the friendly, interactive and interdisciplinary nature of the Institute.

The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a consortium of six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations - the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, University College London (UCL), Imperial College London and King's College London.

In 2015, researchers from the CRUK London Research Institute (LRI) and MRC National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) will move into the Francis Crick Institute’s new interdisciplinary facilities, opposite the St Pancras Eurostar terminal in central London.

In September 2014 we will launch the new Crick-NIMR PhD Programme, alongside the new Crick-LRI PhD Programme. Students starting these programmes in 2014 will register at one of the Crick Partner Universities: King's College London, Imperial College London or University College London; and transfer into the Crick with their research group in 2015 or 2016.

PhD programme

PhD programmeOur four year PhD programme comprises laboratory-based research on a project agreed between the student and supervisor, and includes an extensive training and career development programme.


ProjectsWe offer a wide variety of PhD research projects each year covering our four main areas of research: Genetics and Development, Neurosciences, Infections and Immunity, and Structural Biology.

Funding and eligibility

Funding and eligibilityOur students are funded in a variety of ways, including studentships which cover university tuition fees, a stipend of £20,000 per annum (tax free), and a travel/conference allowance.

How to apply

How to applyThe application round for MRC-funded Studentships for 2014/2015 has now passed. Projects and studentships for 2015/2016 will be advertised in October 2014.

Student life

Student lifeWe don't forget that there's life outside the lab, with an on site restaurant, social club with licensed bar and full range of social and sports activities, you'll have time to relax and make lots of friends.

Why study here

Why study hereOne of our key goals is the development and training of students, and we have excellent on-site research support facilities. Find out why NIMR is the ideal place to undertake your PhD.

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