Science graduates are undertaking PhD studies in clinical and translational research as MMI Scholars in the MMI partner institutions UCC, UCD, NUI Galway and TCD. Unique features of this 4-year structured PhD programme include the strong involvement of industry partners in governance, taught courses, placements and mentoring, the wide pool of over 90 academic prinicpal investigators offering lab placements and PhD projects, and the online coordination hub which enables students to select PhD components, track progress and access e-learning modules.
About the Programme
In July 2010, the successful Molecular Medicine Ireland bid, led by NUI Galway with partners Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Dublin, secured funding for a collaborative structured PhD programme under Cycle 5 of the Irish Government's Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). The MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars Programme (CTRSP) is a unique cross-institutional programme that develops graduates with knowledge and skills to pursue disease-focused research and bridge gaps between basic scientists, clinical scientists and industry.
The programme is guided by a Steering Committee with representation from each of the four partner universities, from industry and the The Health Products Regulatory Authority.
Twenty scholarships were awarded in the first call for the MMI CTRSP following a rigorous selection process. The appointed Scholars began the programme in October 2011. A second cohort of five MMI Scholars was recruited in October 2012.