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Doctoral Programme in Precision Medicine – 4 year fully funded PhD

Doctoral Programme in Precision Medicine – 4 year fully funded PhD

Training the research leaders of the future

We are offering up to 32 PhD studentships in 2020/21 to high quality UK/EU applicants, providing full tuition fee and a stipend of at least £15,009 per year. Students will also get £300 travel and conference allowance per year, and £5,000 contribution towards consumable costs per year.

High calibre graduates are invited to apply for an up to 4 year MRC-funded Integrated study PhD in Precision Medicine which starts in September 2020. This exciting programme offers interdisciplinary projects focused on delivery of improvements in health and welfare and there are also opportunities to take courses at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The programme is a joint collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow.

Our vision is to train the next generation of research leaders with the vital interdisciplinary skillsets, including mathematical, engineering and biological, to unravel disease mechanisms and devise new therapies. You will develop the adaptability needed to make you an agile researcher in this fast-moving area, equipped to develop and utilise analytical methodologies to improve health and wellbeing.

Programme structure

Our programme is structured to meet the specific training needs of researchers who require depth in specialist areas and breadth to work across disciplines and sectors paired with practical understanding arising from real-world application.

Our degree training programme offers:

  1. Flexibility in training: a 3.5 year PhD for students with a relevant Masters degree and a 4 year PhD for those with a high BSc (Hons), with a suite of bespoke taught training courses as part of an integrated study PhD.
  2. Cutting-edge learning in both medicine and computation
  3. Access to health-related datasets in Scotland and Sweden

Additional information on programme structure including taught and research requirements is available on the Precision Medicine webpages.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is a leading postgraduate teaching and research centre, ranked 20th in the QS World Rankings 2020.. The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicines’ reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF 2014 results.

The University of Glasgow

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences is home to world leading expertise across an impressive diversity of basic science and clinical disciplines with research into genes, cells, organs, individuals, populations, and ecosystems. It is through our research and teaching excellence that we make a sustained contribution to the understanding and resolution of national and global issues.

Entry requirements

This programme is available to UK/EU residents only. Details of MRC eligibility requirements can be found here.

The minimum entry requirement for our research programmes is an undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).

You will also have to meet the University’s English language requirements if English is not your first language. Find out more about our language requirements here.

Application procedure

Applicants must choose a project and make their application by the deadline of Wednesday 8th January 2020..

Applications are made via the University of Edinburgh website here. Please ensure to upload a CV and cover letter with your application.

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 10th February 2020..

Informal enquiries can be made to [email protected]


Precision Medicine DTP - A personalised automatic approach for assessing and modelling the brain deep tissue waste drainage related structuresDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - An integrated computational-experimental approach to identify and optimise combination drug therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)Details
Precision Medicine DTP - Analysing and recommending personalised care pathways for multimorbid patients with the use of artificial intelligence techniquesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Analyzing network formation during brain tumour initiationDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Comprehensive study of miRNAs biogenesis in human cancerDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Data Science approaches to investigating the vascular footprint of Alzheimer’s disease for early disease detectionDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Data-Driven Decision Making for Paediatric Triage in Acute CareDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Delirium as an acute brain injury in hospital inpatients: can clinical features and biomarkers predict outcomes?Details
Precision Medicine DTP - Developing data science approaches to improve paediatric critical care patient flows and its related health economics benefits in ScotlandDetails
Precision Medicine DTP – Development of clinically relevant models of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma using a genetic screening approachDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Dissecting the biophysics of ocular transcription factors in vivoDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Genomic analysis of the impact of sexual recombination on the segregation of virulence genes in African trypanosomesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Harnessing plasticity to repair spinal cord injuryDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - High-Precision Tools for Intraoperative Brain Cancer SurgeryDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - How do IFITM proteins regulate the Interferon Related DNA-damage Resistance Signature (IRDS) and clinical outcomes in cancers of high unmet clinical need?Details
Precision Medicine DTP - Identification of biomarkers of typical and atypical depressionDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Identifying Pathogenic B cells in Rheumatoid ArthritisDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Illuminating roles of Wnt/b-Catenin signalling in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)Details
Precision Medicine DTP – Integration of single-cell RNA sequencing data from human and murine kidney disease to identify novel therapeutic targetsDetails
Precision Medicine DTP – Investigating disease causing mutations in PNPase- an approach to understand mitochondrial nucleic acid driven auto-inflammationDetails
Precision Medicine DTP – Investigating the metabolic alterations that initiate pre-neoplastic development in zebrafish and in humansDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Investigation of long-range connectopathies in autism spectrum disorders using high-throughput single cell projection mapping and 3D imagingDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Leveraging protein quantitative trait loci to discover new biology and therapeutic targetsDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Modelling Sex Dependent Differences in Human Liver Disease using Stem Cell Derived Models and Organ on a Chip DevicesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Molecular dynamics of the response to breast cancer therapiesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Omics Prediction of Incident DiseaseDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Proteomic analysis of FAK function in human pancreatic cancerDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Stromal transcriptomic signatures in prostate cancer metastasis and hormone therapy resistanceDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Synthetic chromosomes to understand genome instabilityDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Taming the Hippo in mesothelioma through proteogenomicsDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Understanding the neurobiological basis of co-morbid chronic pain and depression by integrating genomics, peripheral biomarkers and neuroimaging dataDetails
Precision Medicine DTP – Using Omics to Understand the Genes and Pathways Underlying Alcohol Use DisorderDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - 3D Modeling of Changes in Genome Architecture in Development and DiseaseDetails
Precision Medicine DTP – A novel data integration method for cellular social networks within self-organising multicellular systemsDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Accurate methods for rare variant calling in low-coverage cancer exome sequencing dataDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Analysis of signaling pathways underlying development of human haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs)Details
Precision Medicine DTP - Connecting Molecular Profiles to Phenotype: A Proteomic Resource for Assigning Cell Cycle and Senescent StatesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Defining and predicting the molecular basis for male infertilityDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Dynamic changes that protect oocytes from chromosome mis-segregationDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Investigating the contribution of rare genetic variants to depressionDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - The role of transcription factors and the signaling environment in commitment of cells into the germlineDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Time-resolved single-cell analysis of neural cell differentiation in motor neuron disease (MND)Details
Precision Medicine DTP - A step change in sensitivity of Raman spectroscopy for accurate and rapid analysis of living cellsDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Blood flow and solute transport in human placental vascular networks: an in-silico approach to characterising pregnancy pathologiesDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Determining clinically significant early stage lung cancers from image analysisDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Developing Personalised Precision Medical Approaches for Paediatric Intensive Care through Data Informatics and Machine Learning on the Impact of Acute Clinical and Physiological Phenotypes on OutcomeDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Tumour exosome-functionalised magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic resonance imaging guided precision medicine and personalised breast cancer treatmentDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Analysis of intestinal metagenomes using ASARDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Detection of novel prognostic macrophage-associated genes in cancerDetails
Precision Medicine DTP - Large-Scale Data-Driven Lung Cancer Diagnostics using Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRFS)Details


MRC Precision Medicine DTP: A Bayesian Modeling and rt-fMRI Neurofeedback Approach to Understanding Autism and Predictive Coding in the InsulaDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Applying machine learning models to genome data to understand the evolution of resistance from virus to cancer evolutionDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Approaches to detect and block transition stages in Trypanosoma bruceiDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Deep impact – mining the meningococcal metagenome for antimicrobial resistance to provide public health intelligence dataDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Developing non-invasive transcranial neuro-stimulation into a precision tool for cognitive enhancement in Schizophrenia using multi-modal neuroimagingDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Development of a SMART biosensor of remote diagnosis and therapy in vascular access for cardiovascular diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Exploring how genetic predisposition to serious mental illness influences cardiovascular diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Investigating the role of the extracellular matrix in stroke in the general populationDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Omics based strategies for precision medicine in hypertension and cardiovascular diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Proteome-level diversity in RNA virusesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Target autophagy and aberrant mitochondrial folate metabolism in leukaemic stem cellsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: The effect of prior exposure on influenza vaccine effectivenessDetails

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