PhD OPPORTUNITY - MRes-PhD (4 year) studentships in Medical Mycology at the MRC CMM


The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) is one of the most ambitious strategic investments in UK medical mycology. The MRC CMM is a world-leading research centre that is helping to tackle the major global threats to human health caused by fungal diseases.

The Centre is currently advertising four-year fully funded MRes-PhD studentships, starting in Sept 2021 . They start with a 1-year Master of Research (MRes) degree that provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in fungal infectious disease. The programme includes one research project on host-pathogen interactions and a second on fungal pathogen biology. On successful completion of the MRes, students will then progress on to a 3-year PhD; choosing a cross-disciplinary PhD project from a broad selection of peer-reviewed proposals. Students will be also supported with a research budget of £9k per annum.

Students also receive additional research skills training, personal and career development opportunities, funding for travel to conferences and workshops, and support from mentors who provide independent career advice. Successful applicants will benefit from our vibrant, friendly and collegiate atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary nature of the world-leading science being performed in our Centre.

For information regarding the 1-year MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology course please click here. 

Entry requirements

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the centre.


The studentships are funded by the Medical Research Council in partnership with the University of Exeter.  They include a tax-free stipend, tuition fees and research costs are covered for the four years of the programme.  Funding is available to UK and International candidates.

 English requirements
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS (and no less than 6.0 in any section) by the start of the programme.  Please click here for further information.

 How to apply

To find out more information and apply please visit:

Application process

Please provide:

1.       Copy of the degree certificate and transcript for each previous degree undertaken.

2.       Copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if relevant).

3.       Contact details of two referees who can comment on your academic performance (at least one should be from your current degree programme). If shortlisted for interview, reference letters must be received 7 days prior to the interview.

4.       Include your CV.

5.       Include a personal statement stating your future ambitions and how this MRes-PhD programme will enable you to achieve those ambitions.

For general enquiries regarding the programme please contact us at

Application deadline (now extended)midnight Monday 1 March 2021

MRC Centre for Medical Mycology 
University of Exeter, Geoffrey Pope Building,

Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QD, UK