Research course

Life Sciences

University of Dundee · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. Please check our website for English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The College of Life Sciences incorporates almost 80 independent research groups, organised by research divisions, which are engaged in research aimed at increasing our understanding of the molecular and functional organization of cells, tissues and organisms and the application of this knowledge to combat of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, inflammatory diseases, diseases of the immune system, antibiotic resistance and infectious parasitic diseases.

The aims of the PhD Programme of the College of Life Sciences are:

  1. To train students in research methods and practice by performing well-supervised, high-quality research projects at the forefront of international science in well equipped laboratories.
  2. To make students aware of the theory, practice, capabilities and limitations of modern techniques in life science research.
  3. To train students in the generic skills of scientific research i.e. experimental design, data analysis, literature survey, communication skills, teamwork and computer skills.
  4. To assist students to obtain appropriate employment upon completion of their studies.
  5. To provide an intellectually exciting and supportive work environment.

Besides performing research at the highest international standards the College considers training and nurturing of the next generation of researchers a top priority. The PhD Programme therefore represents a major activity in the College and is aimed at making this period an exciting and rewarding experience. We aim to recruit and train high calibre students and to reflect this the majority of our PhD studentships are 3.5- or 4-Year Prize Studentships (£16,000/year). In special cases it will remain possible to perform a 3-year PhD research project.

The core part of all PhD programmes consists of a piece of original research, directed towards solving important, novel and open questions. All courses include compulsory and optional taught elements in subject specific and generic skills which are delivered throughout the duration of the course.

Postgraduate studies are overseen by our Postgraduate Committee.

Department specialisms

Research Divisons: Anatomy and Human Identification Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery Cell Signalling and Immunology Cell and Developmental Biology Gene Regulation and Expression Molecular Microbiology MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit Nucleic Acid Structure Research Group Plant Sciences SCottish Institute for CeLL Signalling

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Gail Guild or Nikki Forbes
+44 (0)1382 384880