PhD programmes in Life Sciences

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

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Wellcome 4-Year PhD Programme in Integrated Molecular, Cellular and Translational Biology

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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.

Wellcome 4 year PhD programme

BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship

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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.

BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Programme

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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.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) Programme

MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU) Prize Studentships

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.

MRC PPU Prize Studentships

BARIToNE Collaborative Training Partnership

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The BARIToNE CTP is a multi-partner PhD Programme focused on research excellence as a vehicle to ensure the long-term sustainability of barley supply and value chains.

Co-constructed academic / industry PhD projects and a comprehensive series of Industrial placements will provide valuable work experience to every postgraduate researcher on the program and lead to the development of future sustainability champions across


SLS PhD Programme

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.

SLS PhD programme

The Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship

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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.

Tricia Cohen Prize

Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) scholarship programme

The LPDP Scholarship is a funding opportunity open to Indonesian Nationals.

The Scholarship provides support to allow recipients to carry out a four-year PhD, covering tuition fees, living expenses and research costs.

LPDP scholarship programme