We provide a high quality research and training environment for more than 500 scientists and clinicians.

Our goals

  • Improve the understanding of the mechanisms of disease to address important health problems.
  • Deliver practical solutions leading to health improvement for individuals, communities and populations.

Working together we aim to translate research between the laboratory and the clinic, with fundamental research themes being informed by important clinical problems.

The research strategy is strongly informed by our close working relationship with NHS Tayside. This partnership is driving the development of the Tayside Academic Health Science Network, which will impact on local, national and international healthcare delivery and improvement.

Our activities include collaborations at local, national and international levels and we receive funding from various sources including UK research councils, medical charities.

We also have strong links with major pharmaceutical companies, who contribute to funding of applied research.

We are based in the University of Dundee's School of Medicine at Ninewells Hospital (one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK). Researchers have access to a number of excellent core research facilities and School support services.

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent research-led and learning experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science. We have a vibrant graduate programme for Masters by Research and PhD students and provide training for postdoctoral researchers supported by research awards and personal fellowships.

PhD opportunities

The School of Medicine offers a broad range of PhD opportunities.

Research themes

  • Cancer Research
  • Molecular and Clinical Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Population Health and Genomics
  • Imaging Science and Technology
Cancer Research

Cancer Research

The Cancer Research theme focuses on biological, translational and clinical cancer research. Our aim is to understand the biological and behavioural mechanisms underlying cancer and to translate this research into the clinic to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Molecular and Clinical Medicine

The Molecular and Clinical Medicine theme focuses on the pathogenesis and the treatment of cardiovascular disease and respiratory medicin.

Neuroscience

Neuroscience

Our Neuroscience theme focuses on how the neuronal dialogue is disrupted in neurodegenerative diseases and in complex psychiatric disorders including addiction and affective disorders.

Population Health and Genomics

Population Health and Genomics

The Population Health and Genomics theme aims to improve population health through our core activities.

Imaging Science and Technology

Imaging Science and Technology

The Imaging Science and Technology theme brings together invention, innovation and application of technologies relevant to a diverse range of body systems and disease processes.