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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


MRC Integrative-Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP)

Call for PhD Studentship Applications

MRC ITTP 4-year studentships are available starting October 2020, funded by the MRC Toxicology Unit, to build expertise in toxicology and related disciplines to ensure the safe development of drugs, chemicals and consumer products, and assessment of risk from environmental exposure.

MRC ITTP studentships are available starting October 2020: Applicants are first required to attend an interactive meeting at the MRC Toxicology Unit, Leicester on the Thursday 24th October to discuss ideas.

Please see the Call for Applications document for further information. 

Enquiries can be made to Dr Andy Smith DSc.


Projects should achieve cross-fertilisation between toxicology and other disciplines to predict the toxicity of chemicals and drugs as well as to develop an understanding of the chemical, pharmacological and biological processes involved.

The proposed work should be feasible for a PhD student and to successfully submit as a thesis within four years. A key feature is training which brings together established toxicology knowledge with other relevant sciences at an annual residential course.

Assessment criteria

Decisions will be reached on the basis of scientific quality, feasibility and the likelihood of success including;

  • The novelty of the research proposal in the field of toxicology.
  • The relevance of the proposal in the light of present toxicological concerns for human health.
  • Proposals that span and use a variety of skills in in vivo and in vitro contexts.
  • The likelihood of the applicant providing the appropriate scientific environment and guidance to students.

Applications will be ranked by the ITTP Steering Committee. 

How to apply

Registration for participation in the Interactive meeting, and completed application forms should be sent to Prof Andy Smith and Rebecca Heatherley

Application forms will be available on the MRC Toxicology Unit website following the Interactive meeting.