MRC 4-year PhD Studentships

The College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing (CMDN), and the College of Life Sciences jointly host the 4-year MRC PhD Programme. The programme is structured to maximise effective guidance and mentoring, and in addition provides a means by which students' interests can be combined with cutting edge research.

The College offers a high level of support, in an outstanding scientific environment with cutting edge technology in which students are trained to conduct high quality research, supervised by internationally renowned Scientists. The programme extends over four years and comprises laboratory-based research on a defined project, which is agreed between the student and supervisor, usually in the first three months of study.

Students participate in a range of lectures and seminars covering their own field of study and other research areas. The students also participate in an extensive range of skills training and a career development programme though Organisation and Professional Development (OPD) Dundee.

In addition to the resources and training at CMDN, students participate in the training programmes run within the College, where students have the opportunity to present their work to fellow students and supervisors.

The key elements of the programme are:

  • 6 week introductory course delivering intensive training in tissue culture, molecular biology, proteomics, cell imaging, flow cytometry
  • Superseminars by potential supervisors of the programme
  • 2 x ten week mentored rotation projects
  • PhD projects in laboratories run by internationally renowned scientists
  • Structured training and mentoring programme
  • Competitive stipend of £16,000 per annum, tuition fees, laptop, contribution to travel and conference costs
  • Annual scientific retreat for students to discuss research projects and aspirations

This programme will focus on exceptional strengths in our key areas:

  • Cancer
  • Neuroscience
  • Diabetes
  • Population Health Sciences


How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the current MRC studentship

This studentship is available to UK citizens and  EU nationals only, who have spent the three years prior to application resident in the UK (this can include residence whilst undertaking undergraduate study).