Doctoral Training Students

Applications are now closed for PhD studentships at MRC Harwell

Currently we have 23 doctoral training students. Together with the postdoctoral fellows and other members of the Institute, our students contribute to a vibrant atmosphere providing a supportive environment for the development of future leaders in mouse genetics and the life sciences.

The PhD students complete 4-year PhD Programmes at MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire in conjunction with Oxford University Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics or Department of Biochemistry, or with the Open University.

They study human disease using mouse genetics and mouse functional genomics in a variety of research areas. Their programmes start with an induction, consisting of general training and rotations in one or two laboratories of the student’s choice. Students then choose the laboratory and research topic for their PhD.

MRC Harwell is an international centre for mouse genetics at the forefront of studies in mouse functional genomics and mouse models of human disease. We are engaged in lifetime studies, from developmental abnormalities through to diseases of ageing.  The projects completed by PhD students incorporate a whole range of skills from genome editing, phenotyping, anatomy, histopathology, imaging, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, molecular biology, cell biology and cell culture. In the following research themes:

  • Genetic basis of type 2 diabetes
  • Genetics of circadian rhythms and sleep in health and disease
  • Molecular genetics of sensorineural hearing loss
  • Mouse models of otitis media and otopathogen infection
  • The role of cilia in development and disease
  • Disorders of sex development
  • Bioinformatics of mouse models of disease
  • Investigating novel stress response pathways in neurological disease
  • Novel and bespoke mouse models for dissecting neurodegenerative disease

The majority of MRC Harwell students are registered with and are awarded their DPhil from the University of Oxford. As such, the students are also affiliated to a University of Oxford department, either the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics or Department of Biochemistry. They also join one of the University of Oxford Colleges. Moreover, as well as benefiting from the training provided at MRC Harwell, they are also eligible to take advantage of the training courses and career support offered at the University of Oxford. The studentships include an annual stipend and cover university fees for students meeting the UK residence requirements detailed on our website. Further PhD students are registered with the Open University who award their degrees and offer support throughout their training.