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The University of Dundee

The University of Dundee

The University of Dundee brings together some of the best researchers in the world, developing ideas that positively impact the physical, social and psychological wellbeing of people and their communities, the economy, and the environment.

With a student-friendly population and a self-contained campus, Dundee is one of the best places to live, work, and study.

About the University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is an international institution with distinctly Scottish roots, home to over 16,000 students and 3500 staff, drawn from over 140 countries around the world.

Dundee has considerable strengths in teaching, research, and innovation—a `triple-intensive’ university.

We are among the best in the world at ensuring our research has real impact in society, including on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We rank top in the UK and 5th in the world for climate action, measuring universities’ research on climate change, the use of energy, and preparations for dealing with the consequences of climate change (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021)

We continually strive to translate our research into practical outputs that improve quality of life and the environment.

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.

We are a founding partner of V&A Dundee and are actively engaged in the plans to establish a new Eden Project in the city.

The University of Dundee

Why choose Dundee?

The core mission of the University is to transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

Choose Dundee and be part of research tackling some of today’s most challenging problems. Our research spans across social inequalities to climate change, health and wellbeing to economic prosperity, and from the depths of the sea to the edges of space. We work with policy makers, industry, and civic groups in the UK and internationally to create practical and positive impact.

The University is set in the heart of Dundee City, known for its friendly, welcoming people. Like the University, Dundee is international and multicultural. It is home to residents from many countries and ethnic groups. Dundee is also one of the safest cities in the UK, ranked 2nd safest city in Scotland the Complete University Guide 2022.

Dundee was revealed as the most affordable place for students to live in a study by international education provider Oxford Royale in 2021. The average cost of private rent in Dundee is almost 40% less than Edinburgh, and over 20% less than the Scottish national average (Citylets Rental Report Q2, 2022).

Discover Dundee

A dedicated Doctoral Academy

You will be supported throughout your degree. From advice on progressing to a PhD to information about examinations and research degree regulations, the University of Dundee’s Doctoral Academy is the one-stop-shop for postgraduate research expertise.

All UoD research students are assigned a dedicated supervisory team to support and guide them through their research and, when it comes to academic expertise, the Academy offers a research induction programme plus generic skills training sessions throughout the year. You can find out more about current research opportunities.

Available Projects

You will find more details on these exciting funded and self-funded opportunities, as well as details of how to apply and contacts for more information, by clicking on the project link below. Applications are welcome on any of the research topics.

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The School of Humanities prides itself on its world class and research-driven commitment to promoting the critical understanding of culture and society through interdisciplinary linkages across its full range of subjects from Archives, English and History through to Languages, Philosophy and Politics.

The School demonstrates such commitment to excellence across its discipline areas in particular via research clusters focused on Comic Studies, Continental Philosophy, Security and Justice, Global History and Scottish Culture.

The School is a key consortia member of the AHRC funded Scottish Doctoral Training Partnership and of the SFC funded Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities.

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The internationally recognised School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is one of the top European Institutes for research in the Life Sciences and offers a dynamic, exciting environment for postgraduate research. The College incorporates the Wellcome Trust Building, the Sir James Black Centre, the Drug Discovery Unit, the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling, the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit and the Dundee Cancer Centre.

The College is structured into 7 research Divisions:

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Microbiology
Cell and Developmental Biology
Cell Signalling and Immunology
Gene Regulation and Expression
Molecular Medicine
Molecular Microbiology
Plant Sciences

The fundamental research covers many of the most topical areas of current biomedical and life sciences research, and much of it is aimed at understanding the causes of diseases the include diabetes, cancer, hereditary skin diseases, inflammatory diseases, defects of the immune system, antibiotic resistance in bacteria and tropical parasitic diseases.

The College comprises some 900 researchers headed by Principal Investigators (PIs) that include citizens of Britain, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland and the USA, and scientists from 54 different nations work in the College. Many of the PIs have been awarded prestigious Research Fellowships and a host of National and International Research Prizes. Current research grants awarded from non-University sources are £40 million per annum mainly from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council (MRC) , Cancer Research UK, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) , the National Environmental Research Council (NERC), The Royal Society of London and a number of pharmaceutical companies. The quality of facilities and equipment throughout the college is exceptional. Several of the participating supervisors have strong links with industry.

Applications are invited for our prestigious 3 and 4-year PhD programmes sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, the MRC, the BBSRC and a number of medical charities. Full details on projects and how to apply can be found on our PhD Programme web pages:

Informal enquiries may be made to the individual supervisors or to Mrs Gail Guild (

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