The Impact of Multimorbidity

About the programme

Programme Directors

Entry Requirements

The Clinical PhD Research Fellowships are fixed term 3 year appointments offering training, mentoring and support to Clinicians undertaking a PhD on the topic of multimorbidity.  The posts will be based in the University of Glasgow, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, and University of St Andrews.  Our aim is to develop the next generation of leaders in multimorbidity research, who are both excellent in their core disciplines and skilled in working widely across disciplines and sectors. The core degree is a cohort‐based 3‐year PhD.

By ‘clinician’ we include health care professionals from the following professions:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Professions (e.g. Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry)
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Clinical Psychology

Medical applicants are welcome from ALL medical and surgical specialties (including General Practice). They must be doctors in training (holding a National Training Number) or be General Practitioners who have completed their training (post-CCT) and are within the first 4 years post-CCT (full-time equivalent i.e. accounting for part-time working).Dentists either in a training programme or within 4 years of completing their training programme are eligible to apply.  Doctors and dentists who are still in training will need to gain permission for time out of training from their Postgraduate Dean. Clinical work during the PhD will be limited to half to one day per week.

Applicants from NMAHPS and other clinical disciplines must have completed all of their professional training and have 2-year full time (or equivalent) clinical experience after full registration with their professional body, this is required at the point of application.

For all applicants, we will be looking for candidates with evidence of research activity before application (for example, as an undergraduate; by completion of a relevant Master’s degree or other post-graduate qualification; or by participating in research including writing papers) or other relevant activity (for example, working in policy or management). All applicants must be registered with their appropriate discipline specific professional body within the UK (e.g. General Medical Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council Nursing & Midwifery Council) and be licensed to practice in the UK.

Applicants would benefit from holding an intercalated BSc or research Master's degree or an equivalent postgraduate research related qualification in an area of clinical relevance.


Grant funding is available to cover 3-years home rate tuition fees, to support training, travel and research activities and to povide a full-time salary. 

Salary placement will be dictated by your current NHS pay progression arrangements and for post-CCT GPs salary will be dependent upon career stage.   

Note that some of the fellowships are funded by Wellcome Trust and some are funded by participating universities; the exact funding available may vary somewhat, but the programme will negotiate this. 


Important Dates

Recruitment for the 2023 intake is now closed. 

An Applicant Webinar took place online on Monday 22nd August. You can see the recording via this link.  

Interviews are likely to take place on 14th and 15th November 2022.  

The planned PhD start date is 1st August 2023. A 6-month preparatory period should begin at the start of February, when Fellows should be released from their current clinical duties for an equivalent to one day a week (20% protected academic time), to work with their supervisors to define the PhD project.