TMRP PhD Studentships

MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership 

PhD Studentship Opportunities  

Multiple PhD studentships, various locations across the UK     

2020 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 8 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 details of how to apply for each project or institution should be available via the project links in the table below. 


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 in 2020 will become available in the table below - please keep checking for details:


Institution Title Closing date


Cardiff University  



Multiple PhD studentships available: please see summary  



20th March 2020  

Glasgow University 

Handling multiple outcomes in complex intervention trials

24th Feb 2020



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


 Open deadline