About the Programme

The Precision Medicine Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) offers PhD with Integrated Study studentships funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), The University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. Hosted by the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and the Karolinska Institute, this prestigious programme provides PhD research training alongside taught courses over four years of study and welcomed its first cohort of students in September 2016.

This Doctoral Training Programme focuses on training PhD students in key MRC skills priorities in quantitative skills (mathematics, statistics, computation, and developing digital excellence) as applied to variety of data sources (from ‘omics’ to health records), and interdisciplinary skills including imaging and stratified medicine.

Programme Vision

This programme supports research training at the interfaces between biological, clinical, societal and computational systems. Mandatory taught elements include statistics, research ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship, health economics, data management and bioinformatics.

Funded PhDs for Home/*International

Up to 26 studentships over three academic years will be awarded across the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, beginning from 2016/17. These studentship awards will provide full tuition fee and stipend funding for high quality Home and *International applicants (please see eligibility section surrounding funded positions for International applicants).

Our new cadre of Precision Medicine researchers will develop the adaptability needed to make them agile researchers in this fast moving area, and who are equipped to develop and utilise analytical methodologies to improve health and wellbeing.

Information on 'How to Apply' is available here.

Programme Structure

PhD with Integrated Study
This programme is jointly overseen by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow and is supported by a funding award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Medicine, a collaboration between the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics (Deanery of Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences), (CMVM), the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences at Glasgow University and the Karolinska Institute. The University of Edinburgh is the lead institution.

Programme Duration
There are two variants of this programme, depending on the student’s prior experience:

A 3.5-year PhD for students who already have a Masters degree in a relevant subject. Students will be given 90 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits at time of entry and study duration shortened to 3.5yrs. Students will undertake research (600 credit project) and additional taught courses equivalent to 30 credits during their PhD.
A 4-year PhD for students entering the programme with a BSc (Hons). This model integrates research (600 credit project) with assessed taught postgraduate training (120 credits).
The duration of your programme will be confirmed at the start of your programme based on the completion of your Training Needs Analysis.

As students on this programme, you will select courses from up to three specialisms (with the course selection supported by your supervisors): Quantitative Skills, Data, and Life Sciences. The courses that comprise specialisms have a mix of on-campus and online delivery. You and your supervisors will have flexibility on taught module timing and content specialisms aligned with MRC skill priorities.

Prescribed Period of Study
The prescribed period for this programme is 4 years. The target submission for the majority of students is within *4 years of programme start date. Students with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credits will be expected to complete within 4 years in total (3.5 years with 6 months “writing up period”). 

*Glasgow registered students should consult with local regaulations surrounding submission period.

This structured programme of study integrates research with assessed taught postgraduate training in a range of skills and subject focused modules, up to a maximum of 120 credits.

The outcome of the assessment of the taught component may be used to determine progression on the programme, or eligibility for an exit award at Masters/Diploma/Certificate level, providing that you have attained the requirements for the award as set out in the University regulations you are registered. For the award of PhD with Integrated Study, the research component must meet the assessment criteria for a PhD in the current University regulations.

Programme Team and Students

University of Glasgow
MVLS Dean of Graduate Studies
Prof George Baillie
E: George.Baillie@glasgow.ac.uk

University of Glasgow
Ms Alexis Merry
E: Alexis.Merry@glasgow.ac.uk

University of Edinburgh
Dr Susan Farrington

University of Edinburgh
Mrs Kate Hardman
Ms Susan Mitchell
E: precision.medicine@ed.ac.uk

Precision Medicine DTP Student Profiles
Check out the diverse range of student projects and profiles here: