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. 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 Medical Research Foundation is delighted to fund the UK’s only national PhD Training Programme in antimicrobial resistance research. We believe the programme will help to respond to the global health challenge that is antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance and drug resistant infections and strengthen the UK’s research capacity overall.

Professor Nicholas Lemoine, Chair, Medical Research Foundation

Core funded PhD cohorts

Our Medical Research Foundation-funded PhD students are undertaking multidisciplinary 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. Both cohorts attend cohort building meetings, the Programmes's annual conferences and annual residential training courses.  

Our wider cohort and interdisciplinary training

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 a residential interdisciplinary training course. 


Fighting antimicrobial resistance: the next generation

Watch our video where our PhD students and Academic Lead describe the first national multidisciplinary training PhD programme in AMR research

Contact us

For all enquiries related to the National PhD Training Programme in AMR Research, please email

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