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MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases Grand Challenge Studentships

4 YEAR MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMME: MRC CENTRE FOR NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES


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OUR PROGRAMME

The MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases is a partnership between the UCL Institutes of Neurology and Child Health, and Newcastle University, and is a recognised centre of excellence for research and education in neuromuscular
diseases.

Our 4 Year MPhil/PhD programme is a vital part of the MRC Centre, and offers an excellent opportunity to carry out unique and exciting research in one of our five disease themes: muscular dystrophy, channelopathy, neuropathy, IBM/protein aggregate myopathy and mitochondrial disease.

Applications are now open* for entry into the programme in September 2014, based at the London UCL MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases sites. There are two studentships available and this year they are jointly funded by the MRC Centre and the UCL Grand Challenge Studentship Scheme and both studentships will be located in the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular diseases.

Students will carry out three lab rotations in year 1, and in years 2-4 complete a main research project in the lab of their choice. During the first year, through a variety of lectures and tutorials and the three lab rotations, students will be
given the skills and knowledge they need to undertake the subsequent three years of their PhD. First year students will be mentored and offered guidance in choosing their subsequent 3 year PhD project.

Successful applicants will be awarded an annual stipend of £18,000, plus EU / Home Fees. Applications are only open to those meeting the MRC eligibility criteria; chiefly UK/EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for the past three years or those with a relevant connection with the UK. For more information on MRC eligibility please visit:
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Fundingopportunities/Applicanthandbook/Studentships/Eligibility/index.htm

For further information on our programmes please visit:
http://www.cnmd.ac.uk/training/studentships/studenthsip_programme
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ich/research-ich/dubowitz

HOW TO APPLY

*Applications will be accepted from 9th October 2013 until 15th November 2013. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.

Application is by CV and covering letter. Your application should be emailed to ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk by the stated deadline of 15th November 2013. Only Word documents or PDF files will be accepted. Please send two files clearly labelled SURNAME, CV MRC CENTRE and SURNAME, COVERING LETTER MRC CENTRE.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
You should already hold, or anticipate being awarded in 2014, a UK Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second-class honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute. We will consider applicants with a lower second-class honours degree if they also have a recognised taught Master's degree. Your degree should be in a related subject, for example; Neuroscience, Biological or Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Medicine.

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY CV?

  • Details of your first and/or Masters degrees
  • Details of any relevant work experience
  • Details of any voluntary research/clinical experience
  • Details of any academic publications, conference presentations or posters you have written or presented
  • Details of any academic prizes you have won
  • Names and contact details (email preferred) for TWO academic referees
  • Details of any English language qualifications held if your first language is not English

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY COVERING LETTER?
You should not repeat the information presented in your CV but expand upon it. For example; what is it you can bring to this programme? What do you hope to learn? How will a PhD in Neuromuscular Diseases fit into, or further your career plans? Why is a four year programme attractive?

Please also indicate how you meet the MRC eligibility criteria.

RECRUITMENT TIMETABLE

Applications close on 15th November 2013 and interviews will be held in London in w/c 9 December 2013. An alternative interview date cannot be offered to individual shortlisted candidates.

Due to the high number of applications we receive we regret that we will only be able to contact those who are shortlisted for interview.

CONTACT US
Candidates are invited to contact us with any questions or to arrange to visit the site.
For questions on the application process please contact Ms Christine Oldfield, MRC Centre Administrator, at christine.oldfield@ucl.ac.uk