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MRC-funded PhD in Precision Medicine

MRC-funded PhD in Precision Medicine 2018/2019

We are offering up to 32 PhD studentships in 2019/20 to high quality UK/EU applicants, providing full tuition fees and a stipend of at least £14,777 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 2019. 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.

MRC-funded PhD in Precision Medicine

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is a leading postgraduate teaching and research centre, ranked 18th in the world (QS World Rankings 2018) and 1st in Scotland. The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicines’ reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medicine and veterinary medicine research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF 2014 results.

The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow has been named Scottish University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. 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

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

Applicants must choose a project and make their application by the deadline of 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 11th February 2019.

Informal enquiries can be made to [email protected]

Available Projects at The University of Edinburgh

MRC Precision Medicine DTP: A network clustering approach to endometriosis diagnosisDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Blood flow and solute transport in human placental vascular networks: an in silico approach to characterizing pregnancy pathologiesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Characterising neutrophil reverse migration using experiments and modelsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Characterising the pro-regenerative extracellular matrix in a spinal cord injury siteDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Circadian biology of the systemic inflammatory response during critical illnessDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Combining genetic and functional genomic data to reveal underlying mechanisms of human diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Defining phenotypic diversity of endometriosis-associated macrophages and signals responsible for their recruitment and differentiationDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Defining Therapeutic Targets for Human Liver Fibrosis using Single-cell TranscriptomicsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Developing clinical decision support tools to characterise neurodegenerative disorders using biomedical speech signal processing and statistical machine learningDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Developing Personalised Precision Medical Approaches for Paediatric Intensive CareDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Estrogenic profiling in lung in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension by Mass Spectrometry ImagingDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Genome-wide, gene-specific patterns of glucocorticoid-receptor co-regulators critical for growth and skeletal developmentDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: In Situ Characterisation of The TNF And IL23 Pathways: Developing a Decision-Making Toolkit for the Personalised Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Investigating modifier transcripts in mouse models of motor neuron diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Investigating the mechanisms underlying disease using multiOmics dataDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Limiting infection: Identifying factors for the in vivo dissemination of themajor nosocomial pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniaeDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Machine learning for automated assessment of CT angiography imaging in strokeDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Modelling Sex Dependent Differences in Human Liver Disease using Stem Cell Derived Models and Organ on a Chip DevicesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Molecular pathology data science studies of breast cancerDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Non-adherence in chronic conditions: a quantitative, methodological, approachDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Novel methods for analysis of total-body Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging datasetsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Precision medicine in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis: Predicting disease flare and disease progressionDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Quantitative proteomic analysis of dysregulated adhesion protein localisation in patient-derived cancer cellsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Reconciling the mechanisms of HIV-1 infection acquisition and disease progressionDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Risk prediction for renal dysfunction in people with type 2 diabetesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Stromal transcriptomic signatures in prostate cancer metastasis and hormone therapy resistanceDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Taming the Hippo in mesothelioma through proteogenomicsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: The Genomics of Birth Parameters and Cardiometabolic Disease: Reviving the Walker Birth CohortDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Trascriptome-wide association analysis of survival in colorectal cancer patientsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Using machine learning to dissect genetic effects on DNA methylation heterogeneity in cancerDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Virtual biopsy with the Eye – using machine learning to detect and trackchronic kidney diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: 3D modelling of changes in genome architecture in development and diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Connecting Molecular Profiles to Phenotype: A Proteomic Resource for Assigning Cell Cycle and Senescent StatesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Exploiting large-scale exome sequence data for disease locus detectionDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Precision Scaffolds for Tissue EngineeringDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP:A massive attack on how messenger RNA sequence specifies condition-dependent RNA fateDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: DNA nanostructures as probes for multi-omic analysesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Image analysis and machine learning for OCT image sequencesDetails

Available Projects at The University of Glasgow

MRC Precision Medicine DTP: A collaborative systems biology-based approach to dissect novel mechanisms of cardiovascular diseaseDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Applying "big data" techniques to clinical trials in heart failure to inform prognosisDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Assessing the value of high-priced novel treatments in oncology in an era of precision medicine: methodological and policy toolsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Defining Plasmodium falciparum interactions in the bone marrowDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: DHX9 coordinated stress responses in prostate cancer – implications for diagnosis and therapyDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Genetic Epidemiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis in UK BiobankDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Genomic Surveillance to guide Rabies EliminationDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Integrating circadian, neuroimaging and genetic data to investigate major depression and bipolar disorderDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Integrating transcriptomic and metabolomic data from people with rheumatoid arthritis to predict clinical response to drug treatmentDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Machine- and Deep-Learning Methods for Analysing Complex Health SimulationsDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Mapping the transcriptomic, genomic and breakomic landscape of radiation resistance in pancreatic carcinoma and glioblastomaDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Proteome-level diversity in RNA virusesDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Reverse migration in neutrophils – using mathematics to understandmedicineDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Sexually dimorphic development of the human fetal brain: critical role in the programming of neurodevelopmental disordersDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Understanding the interface between obesity and severe mental illness: a genomics approachDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Uromodulin in hypertension and renal dysfunction - causal inference, mechanistic and clinical translation studies for precision medicineDetails
MRC Precision Medicine DTP: Use of Routinely Collected Health Data to Predict Sudden Death and Other Catastrophic EventsDetails

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