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Medical Research Council Studentship Funding

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) is a national organisation funded by the UK taxpayer. They promote research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public and contributing to the wealth of the nation.

The MRC is funded by the UK Government and receives an annual Grant in aid from Parliament via the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

Working through its Council, scientific boards, and committees, the MRC is independent in its choice of which research to support. It does however work in close partnership with Health Departments, other Research Councils, industry and others to identify and respond to current and future health needs.

Since it was established in 1913, the MRC has been responsible for many of the most significant discoveries and achievements in medicine in the UK and indeed the world. The MRC continues to build on its past achievements, engaging in new research initiatives to address the major health challenges of the 21st century.

MRC have recently awarded St Andrews three doctoral training awards in Biomedicine commencing October 2010 and three further places in 2011. These will provide up to four years fees and maintenance funding at the RCUK rate.

Please refer to the MRC studentship handbook for further details on fees, stipend and associated costs.

Current holders of a MRC studentship can contact our finance advice and support office, ( for any additional information on current funding and additional allowances available to MRC Students.