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 Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in any other component, if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

PhD fees

English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study. These provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

Apply here:

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the Medicine website

MRC PhD Doctoral Training Programme

View University of Dundee PhD projects, programs & scholarships on FindaPhD.com


We encourage prospective PhD students to contact us directly to find out more about our PhD opportunities.

Miss Claire Neillie
Senior Administrator (PGR)
School of Medicine
+44(0)1382 383714