Medical Research Foundation

National PhD Training Programme in
Antimicrobial Resistance Research

The Medical Research Foundation has invested £4m to create the only national PhD training programme that will train new researchers to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the greatest emerging threats to human health.

The strategic objectives of the Programme are to develop a strong and active network of new investigators for the UK with multidisciplinary skills who will be able to develop, undertake and, potentially, lead AMR research which crosses the traditional boundaries between research disciplines and sectors.

Two cohorts of students have taken up their interdisciplinary PhD studentships within UKRI-funded AMR research consortia in 14 universities and institutions across the UK.

The Programme also offers residential training courses and annual conferences for a wider cohort of ~150 PhD students studying AMR across the UK. All students in the national training cohort network also have access to our Training Portal which hosts training materials, member profiles and  and a message board for networking within the national AMR PhD cohort. The Programme’s peer-to-peer learning is designed to help the next generation of AMR researchers to understand all the disciplines needed to tackle AMR and to work together in the future. Find out more about our interdisciplinary training in the video above.

Research themes

Our students are undertaking multidisciplinary PhD projects at Bristol, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Exeter Penryn Campus, Imperial College London, Leeds, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, University College London and Warwick. Their projects broadly fit within four research themes. Please follow the link below to find out more.

Join the National Training Programme's wider training cohort

In addition to our fully-funded PhD students, we train a wider cohort of PhD students studying AMR across the UK (150 in total). All students in our wider training cohort attend the Programme’s annual conferences and undertake one residential interdisciplinary training course during their PhD. Find out more via the link below.