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7 fully-funded studentships available from October 2023

7 fully-funded studentships in Medical Sciences - Available from October 2023

The Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) University of Aberdeen, is recruiting a cohort of 7 PhD students across its broad themes in neuroscience, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology and computational biology.

The studentships are linked to 7 new academic appointments in the Institute (listed below).Applications are invited for 4-year fully funded PhD studentships commencing 1st October 2023.

The application deadline is 6 February 2023.

About the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen:

The IMS is one of the University of Aberdeen’s flagship research institutes and its researchers tackle a range of biomedical problems with a mission to develop the therapeutics of tomorrow using multi-disciplinary methods and teams. The IMS PhD studentships will provide outstanding students with training in the essential research skills to become the leading scientists of the future.


These studentships are open to home fee candidates in the 2023/24 academic year. Funding for this programme will cover UK tuition fees/stipend only.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) at least a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a distinction at Masters level. Please note that a Masters degree is only required where the Honours grade is below a 2.1.

Fees and Funding

These studentships are funded for a minimum of 4 years full time, to start on 1st October 2023. The funding for these studentships covers:

  • A monthly stipend for accommodation and living costs (currently £17,668 pa for 22/23. Updated annually)
  • UK rate tuition fees
  • Research and training costs
7 fully-funded studentships available from October 2023

How to apply

Please see below for a list of all 7 projects. Information on how to apply can be found within the project adverts, please follow these instructions carefully for your application to be considered. Interested candidates are invited to contact the supervisor of the project that they are interested in applying to discuss further before submitting their application.

Interviews will take place on 23rd and 28th February via MS teams.

Projects and Supervisors:

Project Title Project Supervisor
Development of a new model system for studying animal models of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders Dr Derek Garden
Understanding the role of the gut-brain-axis in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Dr Jenna Gregory
Control of membrane trafficking by the schizophrenia risk factor CUL9 Dr Emilie Hollville
Robust and scalable computational and statistical methods for differential cell crosstalk analysis Dr Michael Morgan
The pathogenetic role of the gut viruses in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease Dr Indrani Mukhopadhya
How are chromosomes segregated correctly during sexual gene reassortment? — understanding how the meiotic chromosome axis functions in gametogenesis Dr Hajime Murakami
Using 3D lung cultures to study the mammalian chitinase family in host-defence against fungal pathogens Dr Tara Sutherland

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