Medicine research degrees

Our postgraduate research in medicine including entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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

Our goal is to improve the understanding of the mechanisms of disease to address important health problems and to 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, and 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.

Research themes

The principal research themes of the School of Medicine are:

  • Cancer
  • Neuroscience
  • Precision Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Drug Outcomes and Regulatory Medicine
  • Health and Bioinformatics
  • Imaging and Health Technologies
  • Chronic Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Diseases

We are based on the University of Dundee’s Ninewells Campus, co-located with 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.

To read more, please visit our School of Medicine research pages.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
6.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0


Medical Education PhDs

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0


We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Medicine (3 years)

PhD Medicine (part time)

PhD Medicine (4 years)

PhD Medicine (EMBL Joint Programme)

MSc by Research Medicine

MSc by Research Medicine (part time)

Medicine (non-graduating) (research)

Medicine (research) (part time)

MD Medicine

MD Medicine (part time)

See also: Medicine (Professional Doctorate) DProf

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.