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The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD funded programme

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD Funded Programme

"The discoveries and therapies of the future are only possible if we nurture our promising talent in the present" – Prof Massimo Palmarini - CVR Director

Annual stipend: £15,840
Start Date: October 2022
Deadline: 5th January 2022

Viral diseases kill many millions of people each year and are a significant global challenge to human health and prosperity.

We have created a specialised MRC programme to train the next generation of scientists and leaders in virology research. There has never been a better time to train as a virologist and the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) funded programme is the place to do it.

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD funded programme

The CVR is a world-leading virology research institution, being the largest dedicated virology centre in the UK and is one of the largest in Europe. The CVR spans a complex of buildings that seamlessly blend purpose-built virus containment facilities with state-of-the-art imaging and sequencing facilities that are tied together by a community of investigators with a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience.

Nurturing the next generation of leaders in virology is a key mission of the CVR. We have tailored a competitive PhD programme that is delivered by leaders in their field. Our interests range from classical human pathogens to emerging viruses and arboviruses, with research areas covering antiviral responses, virus-host interactions, molecular virology, structural virology, clinical virology, vector-biology and virus discovery. We investigate a wide range of important human and animal pathogens, from influenza and SARS-CoV-2 to rabies and arboviruses such as bluetongue, dengue and Rift Valley fever.

Our four-year PhD programme begins with a two-week introductory course in virology. This taught course ensures that all students have a fundamental understanding of modern virology as well as an overview of the practical and bioinformatics approaches that can be applied to the study of viruses. The course consists of seminars and practical classes delivered by CVR Group Leaders and allows our new PhD students to get to know the groups and people in the CVR before beginning their research work.

Find out more about the CVR MRC PhD funded programme, the lab you could work in and the research you could be doing and the viruses we study. All this can be found here.

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD Funded Programme


There are strict eligibility criteria for the CVR MRC PhD programme. To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status , or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

Students from any country in the world can also apply to CVR-based projects by applying to the University of Glasgow's Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Integrative Infection Biology.

We will consider any graduate (meeting the residency requirements above) with a minimum 2:1 BSc degree (usually in a biological discipline). Previous laboratory experience in virology and/or molecular biology is advantageous.

Unfortunately, we cannot consider citizens from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland (unless they meet the residency requirements above) for this programme.

Click here for details of how to apply to the CVR PhD programme.

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