Medical Research Foundation AMR Studentships

Two studentships are available at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) for 2018-19 through the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research.

The National Training Programme will initially support 18 fully funded, multidisciplinary PhD studentships hosted across 15 institutions. All PhD projects offered through the programme will be based within interdisciplinary research consortia funded by the Cross-Council AMR Initiative. All students on this programme will have access to enhanced training opportunities including residential skills and training courses, cohort-building activities, and annual conferences. All are designed to expose students to a range of discipline-specific languages and interdisciplinary research skills, which are essential for enabling them to thrive as multidisciplinary AMR researchers. In addition, PhD students will undertake a fully-funded 3-month interdisciplinary AMR research project allowing them to work outside of their primary research area or an elective placement in industry, publishing, media, policy development or in AMR-relevant charities and organisations. All MRF-funded PhD students will also be part of a wider cohort of 150 PhD students from across the UK who are also studying AMR. The cohort will have access to a bespoke, innovative online learning environment, which will facilitate peer-to-peer networking, question setting and mentoring.

These studentships will cover

  • the cost of fees (at the Home/EU fee rate), and
  • a tax-free stipend (at the MRC stipend ‘plus’ rate – GBP 16,500.00 in Year 1 increasing to GBP 18,000.00 in Year 4, plus London weighting), and
  • funding for research costs, and
  • a flexible travel allowance.



The two studentships at the School are being offered under the AMR theme ‘Behaviour within and beyond the health setting’ (AMR Theme 4). This research theme aims to:

  • identify specific economic conditions, social norms and attitudes relating to antibiotics in order to develop context appropriate strategies
  • evaluate interventions to control/prevent the spread of resistant bacteria
  • assess the wider costs and benefits of behaviour change strategies
  • link surveillance data to stewardship practices to understand variance in impact
  • develop and evaluate economic and regulatory models that balance the appropriate use of drugs and the mitigation of AMR while appropriately rewarding innovation

Six potential PhD research projects are available with the School as the host institution on this scheme. Three projects are linked to each studentship available.


First (primary) Supervisor Second Supervisor/s Project Title
Dr John Manton (PHP) Dr Coll Hutchison AMR Policy Pipelines in Thailand and Beyond


Dr John Manton (PHP) Dr Coll Hutchison The life and times of Antibiotics in Thailand


Dr John Manton (PHP) Dr Coll Hutchison Whose Rationality Is It? Following Antibiotic and AMR Facts in Thailand



First (primary) Supervisor Second Supervisor/s Project Title
Dr John Manton (PHP) Dr Karina Kielmann Historical and Bioethical Dimensions of Infection Prevention & Control for Drug-Resistant TB in Contemporary South Africa


Dr Nicky McCreesh (EPH) Dr Jonathon Taylor & Professor Alison Grant Mathematical Modelling of Clinic Design and Use in South Africa, and Interventions to Reduce Nosocomial Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis


Dr Nicky McCreesh (EPH) Professor Anna Vassall Mathematical Modelling of and Policy Analysis to Inform Clinic-Based Infection Control Intervention Impact and Policy in South Africa



Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • an upper second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed; or
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies; or
  • a Masters degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed; or
  • a professional qualification obtained by written examination and approved by the University of London as an appropriate entrance qualification for the degree in question.

Please note that these are the School’s minimum entry requirements for a PhD, and provide a baseline only for competitive studentship funding. Any additional requirements will be set out on the individual project information page.

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the School’s Band B requirements (please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information).

Applicants for the first group of projects (Thailand projects) should note that this studentship is available to international students who can prove that they have sufficient funds to cover the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas fee rates (this changes year on year, and will need to be paid annually; for 2018-19 the difference is approximately GBP 10,500.00 for full-time study; award holders cannot use their stipend to cover the cost of fees).

Applicants for the second group of projects (South Africa project options) should note that this studentship is only available to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for Home/EU fees.

(Please see the School’s Fee Assessment Policy for further details.)


How to Apply

Applicants should select one project and submit one application for study at the School and this funding. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the primary supervisor for their selected project for an informal discussion prior to submitting a formal application.

To apply, please submit a research degree application for study to the School.

As part of the application you will be asked

  • to select a faculty – please choose the faculty of the first supervisor for the project you’re applying for (faculty noted in the project tables above);
  • to provide a research degree proposal title – please use the project title listed in this advert;
  • to indicate a potential supervisor for your project – please give the name of the primary supervisor listed for your project;
  • to submit a research proposal – please use the project description provided and expand upon it.

Under the ‘Funding’ section please indicate that you are applying for a Medical Research Foundation National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research funded (MRF AMR) project.


The deadline for applications is midnight GMT on 31 January 2018.