We seek enthusiastic and dedicated graduates in any life sciences or biomedical subject, computing, mathematics, chemistry and physics to join our innovative PhD programme. We offer students a choice of well-supervised, high quality quantitative and interdisciplinary projects at the forefront of international biomedical science. The research programme involves staff in the School of Life Sciences, School of Medicine and the School of Science and Engineering. The outstanding biomedical research at the University of Dundee was recognised by its very high rankings in REF 2014, with Dundee rated as the top University for Biological Sciences in the UK.
Most students carry out three rotation projects in the first year to experience distinct areas of research and provide experience of complimentary experimental techniques that enable new interdisciplinary approaches to be taken; informed by these rotations they choose the project and lab for their PhD. We also offer iCASE (industrial Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) studentships. These are 3.5 years of support to start on a defined project that involves an industrial partner, who hosts the student for part of the period of research.
A diverse range of projects, involving, for example computational biology, mathematical modelling, cell and molecular biology, biological chemistry and pharmacology fall under four themes.
Professional development is an integral part of the programme and is supported through generic skills workshops designed to equip postgraduates with key professional scientific skills. Our students also have access to optional additional training such as “Personal Effectiveness and Career Development”, “Finance, Business and Marketing” and “Project Management and Statistics” through Organisation and Professional Development (OPD) Dundee. The depth and breadth of this programme allows the participant to tailor the training to their own specific requirements.
Applicants must be from within the UK or EU and be expected to hold (or be about to achieve) at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.
Links to specific project details and the application form be found at
You will need to provide a CV with contact details of three referees, and a personal statement explaining your interest in our work.
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programame: Extracellular Matrix Abnormalities in Cardiac Insulin Resistance as a Therapeutic Target of Chronic Heart Failure||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programame: Targeting protein degradation as an approach to inhibit oncogenes||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Cell biology of a bacterial nano-weapon||Details|
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|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Dissecting the epigenetic regulation of enhancer function in hematopoiesis||Details|
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|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: mRNA cap regulation in embryonic stem cell function||Details|
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|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Prediction of protein specificity determining sites from population genetics||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Prediction of protein-protein interaction sites from population genetics data||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Proteomic approaches to understanding the role of IL-33 in immune mediated disease||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Regulation of Rab GTPases by the Parkinson’s associated PINK1 kinase||Details|
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|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Signalling pathways regulating intraepithelial lymphocytes in the gut||Details|
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|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: The impact of novel, fast-acting antidepressants on hippocampal dysfunction resulting from early-life adversity in rodents.||Details|
|MRC DTP 4 Year PhD Programme: Unravelling the phospho-code of the 26S proteasome under stress||Details|