National PhD Training Programme in AMR



Antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotics transformed healthcare in the 20th century and are still considered one of greatest medical achievements of the era. Today, we rely on antibiotics to treat everything from minor cuts to life-threatening bacterial infections. These drugs have drastically improved our quality of life and increased lifespan.

In the 21st Century, antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotics rapidly becoming ineffective. Antimicrobial resistance, specifically antibiotic resistance, now poses a global threat to human life. We need urgent action to halt resistance and to accelerate new treatments for bacterial infection.


The Medical Research Foundation’s Antimicrobial Resistance PhD Training Programme

Following a comprehensive review with the MRC, the Medical Research Foundation identified a significant gap in funding for dedicated PhD studentships in Antimicrobial Resistance research.

The Medical Research Foundation has committed £2.85m to create a dedicated national PhD Training programme in AMR to build a strong and active network of new researchers to help tackle this huge global health challenge.

The National Training Programme will initially support 18 fully funded, multidisciplinary PhD studentships to be hosted across the UK. It will also provide a number of training and network-building activities and events including a three month placement, on-line training resources, summer residential training weeks, annual AMR conferences and tailored meetings responsive to developments and opportunities relevant to the AMR field. These training and network-building activities will reach a further 150 UK PhD students training in AMR-related research.

This funding has been awarded to a team of 16 multidisciplinary AMR experts who have been judged internationally excellent by Research Council funding panels for their expertise in AMR research.


Training Programme Academic Lead

Dr Matthew Avison, University of Bristol

Training Programme Leadership Team

Prof Christopher Dowson, University of Warwick

Dr Mark Holmes, University of Cambridge

Prof David Dockrell, University of Edinburgh

Prof Christoph Walti, University of Leeds

Dr Andrew Bailey, University of Bristol

Prof Derrick Crook, University of Oxford

Dr Dov Stekel, University of Nottingham

Dr Andrew Singer, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, University of Reading

Dr Clare Chandler, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Prof Henry Buller, University of Exeter

Dr Charis Marwick, University of Dundee

Prof Andrew Hayward, University College London

Prof Alison Homes, Imperial College London

Prof Sarah Walker, Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford

Prof Alison Grant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


If you would like further information about how to support future PhD studentships as part of this national Training Programme, please contact Lisa Robinson, our Head of Fundraising on: 020 7395 2371


Or donate using the links and information on our ‘support research’ page