University of Dundee


PhD projects are offered within different programmes catering for the varying needs and interests of PhD candidates.

  • The prestigious Wellcome Four-Year PhD Training Programme in Molecular and Cellular Biology allows students to do a year of rotation projects followed by a conventional 3-Yr PhD project. Students select 3 rotation projects of around 3 months duration each, in the areas of "Cell and Developmental Biology, Immunology", "Molecular Microbiology, Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery" and "Gene Regulation and Expression".

  • The Medical Research Council 4-year programme provides integrated research training in Quantitative and Interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical science. The programme consists of three rotation projects followed by a 3-year PhD project.

  • The BBSRC East of Scotland Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership provides training for postgraduates with diverse background (including biosciences, physical sciences, mathematics) to address biological questions using a range of technologies. This 4-year programme consists of a PhD project supplemented by Biosciences and Generic Skills Training, including a 3-month professional internship outside of academia.

  • The MRC PPU offers Prize Studentships in the areas of signal transduction and DNA repair, with strong emphasis on analysis of protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation and on links with human disease. The Unit has a major interest in drug discovery, bolstered by the award-winning Division of Signal Transduction therapy (DSTT) which was created by the MRC PPU and which is funded by six major pharmaceutical companies. Two types of PhD are offered: a 3.5 yr studentship in one lab only, or a 4yr studentship which involves rotation projects in two separate labs followed by a 3.5 year PhD project in one of them.

  • The University of Dundee is proud to host A*STAR funded scholars to study with internationally renowned scientists at the UK's leading University for Biological Sciences.

  • The CAPES PhD programme offers special PhD studentships for students from Brazil to study for a PhD in any research field offered within the School of Life Sciences. Research students will carry out a 4-year PhD programme.

  • The Medical Research Foundation (the MRC’s independent charity) national PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance funds 4-year multidisciplinary PhD studentships.  It will provide training and network-building activities and events including on-line training resources, summer residential training weeks and annual AMR conferences.

  • The Chinese Scholarship Council provides opportunities for Chinese Students to undertake a PhD programme in any research field at the School of Life Sciences. Successful applicants will receive support to enter the China Scholarship Council (CSC) competition scheme.

  • Marshall Scholarships are available to finance young Americans to study for a postgraduate degree in the United Kingdom. Successful candidates will enter a 3-year PhD programme within any subject offered by the School of Life Sciences.

  • ICETEX is the Spanish acronym for the Colombian Institute of Educational Credit and Technical Studies Abroad (Instituto Colombiano de Credito Educativo y Estudios Tecnicos en el Exterior). The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is offering two highly competitive places on its 4-year PhD Programme to Colombian students under this scheme.

  • PhD projects are offered within Research Divisions of the School of Life Sciences. The SLS programme may allow candidates to directly join a particular laboratory for their main PhD project.

  • The Scottish Food Security Alliance is a new collaboration between the James Hutton Institute, the University of Dundee and the University of Aberdeen that recognises the important role Scotland has to play in ensuring crop-based food security. 4-year PhD studentships are available within three pillars of activity: Plant Crop Science, Plant-Soil Interface and Food Systems, offering students the opportunity to carry out research with global significance in a vibrant environment using state-of-the-art techniques.


    The Dundee Computational Biophysics programme offers the opportunity to do interdisciplinary research in one of four groups at the interface between the Divisions of Physics (College of Art, Science & Engineering) and Computational Biology (School of Life Sciences). Activities cover systems at various levels of biological organisation and range from classical and QM/MM simulations of proteins to membrane soft matter physics to modelling embryo development and the investigation of stochastic processes in biology.