Research Opportunities

PhD Programmes

PhD Programmes

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences is home to more than 485 academic staff, including approximately 160 clinicians. The Territory’s research awards since 2001 have exceeded £638M, including investment of over £77M in new state-of-the-art capital infrastructure. This investment has also provided the highest quality learning environment for the 1286 new postgraduate research students that our staff have supervised since 2000.

Postgraduate students wishing to undertake research within the College, have a range of full and part time study options:

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): three to four years full-time or eight years part-time study
  • MD: two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (for medically-qualified graduates only)
  • MSc (Master of Science) by Research: one year full-time or two years part-time study

The normal standard of admission for a research student is a good First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree (GPA 3.0 or above) (or Masters) in a relevant discipline.  In special circumstances, other academic qualifications, or professional qualifications or experience, may be recognised as equivalent.

How to Apply

When choosing your research programme we recommend the following process: 

  1. Review the PhD projects on our website, or the recent opportunities available on the next tab below- 'Recent PhD Projects'

  2. Visit the Institute/School website to find out more information

  3. Review our guidelines for how to apply for a research degree

  4. Contact the Graduate School or the academic of interest for further enquiries

  5. Apply through our Online Application System

Recent PhD Projects

Recent PhD Projects

Below you will find a list of some of our recent research projects to give you an insight into our extensive research capabilities.

A number of fully funded PhD studentships are also available in a number of areas.  Please visit our Research Opportunities page for further information.

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

  • Dr Maureen Bain 
    - Application of MRI to non-invasively monitor chick embryo development in eggs held under different conditions of storage prior to and during artificial incubation
    - Avian reproductive physiology

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Institute of Health and Wellbeing

  • Dr Jonathan Cavanagh  
    - Inflammatory/immune molecular events that subserve major depression in inflamed patients
    - Inflammatory/immune mechanistic underpinnings of stress-related phenotypes in different populations
  • Prof Richard Mitchell
    - Physical activity in green spaces: a mechanism for reducing health inequalities

  • Dr David Morrison
    - Trends of prostate cancer and determinants associated with its survival in the West of Scotland
    - Colorectal cancer survival in Jordan 2003/2007.

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Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

  • Dr Emma Thomson 
    - Determining the characteristics of transmitted hepatitis C viral strains
  • Professor Jeremy Mottram  
    - Protein kinases as drug targets in the African trypanosome, Trypanosoma brucei Autophagy, differentiation and cellular remodelling in Leishmania
  • Dr Marcello Riggio 
    - High-throughput (metagenomic) sequencing analysis of the oral microbiome associated with canine health and disease
    - High-throughput (metagenomic) sequencing analysis of the oral microbiome associated with feline health and disease
    - Broken mouth periodontitis in sheep – identification of causative bacteria by metagenomic sequencing analysis
  • Dr Damo Xu
    - Immunoregulation of pulmonary fibrosis
    - Role of inflammatory cytokine in osteoarthritis
    - Autoantibody and application
  • Dr Robert Davies 
    - Bacterial evolution and mechanisms of host adaptation
    - Bacterial outer membrane proteins and their roles in host-pathogen interactions

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Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology

  • Dr John Riddell  
    - Developing potential therapies for spinal cord injury using animal models
    - Investigating central neuropathic pain using spinal cord injury models
    - Neuronal pathways for the control of reaching and grasping
  • Dr Lars Muckli
    - Spatial precision in cortical feedback (measured with human fMRI)
    - Functional brain imaging (human fMRI) of cortical predictions

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