University of Dundee


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

  • The Wellcome funded Integrated molecular, cellular and translational biology programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

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    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. This programme is closed to new applications.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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 Tricia Cohen Memorial Trust was recently established in memory of the late Professor Lady Tricia Cohen. The Trust will fund PhD Studentships in the in the area of genetic and molecular aspects of cell regulation, beginning in 2022.

  • 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.

  • 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 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".