PhD programme

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

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

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This PhD programme, provided by world-renowned scientists from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, will train the next generation of scientists at the forefront of international science. Students will join our supportive and positive research culture with the opportunity to select research projects centred around four themes:

  1. Cellular Regulation
  2. Protein Modification
  3. Infection and Immunity
  4. Drug Discovery and Translation

Learn more about each theme and the Principal Investigators who work in these areas.

The key elements of the programme consist of:

  • 5-week induction programme covering cutting-edge scientific skills (cell culture, cell sorting, imaging, protein analysis and proteomics), resilience and wellbeing and best practice in biomedical research
  • Three 5-6 week placements in laboratories with divergent themes, followed by an optional 10-11 week “mini-project’
  • PhD projects in laboratories run by internationally renowned scientists
  • Option of a career enhancement placement in year 3 driven by individual career aspirations
  • Provision of flexible funding to support transitions post thesis-submission
  • Comprehensive skills training including ‘statistics for bioscience’ and a bespoke coaching programme

Five studentships are available with a start date of September 2021 and will cover a generous stipend (£19,919 in year 1 rising to £23,997 in year 4), fees, training and travel budget. Part-time study is an option (please indicate at time of application) and we offer enhanced support to individuals with primary care responsibilities or disabilities.

Programme Management Committee

Student Ambassador

Emma Sands

Please feel free to contact our student ambassador if you have a question for a current student on the programme:

Entry requirements

Applicants are welcome from all nationalities and be expected to hold (or be about to achieve) at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or demonstrably equivalent experience.

We particularly encourage students from groups that are currently underrepresented in postgraduate science research, including black and minority ethnic (BME) students and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are committed to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

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