About the Programme

Bioscience, Research, Training

The Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) is a dynamic programme based within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Lifes Sciences (MVLS), University of Glasgow.

Our aim is to deliver high quality, collaborative research and training for our PhD students within the Biosciences.

The programme will train students in four separate themes below:

Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health
Our research in this theme is multi-disciplinary, and characterised by strength in depth in key relevant areas supported by a wide array of enabling technologies (including systems approaches) and facilities, and a commitment to in vivo biology. Key themes include Cell and Tissue Engineering, Stem Cell Biology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Ageing, but also encompass other research areas that have relevance to human health. Students will be supported by excellent training covering topics such as MRI imaging; cell engineering; stem cell biology and other key areas which underpin the work in their chosen area.

Food Security: Crop Science
The major research themes that we offer studentships in are: increasing crop production and efficiency in the face of the changing global environment such as drought or salt-tolerance; minimizing negative impacts on the environment; and developing research for translation.

Food Security: Animal Health
Our particular strengths in animal health are in endemic and exotic diseases; zoonotic pathogens; and their epidemiology and evolutionary ecology is studied through integrated programs of field studies, advanced statistical analysis and mathematical modelling. The close and unusual alignment of research on biodiversity and animal health within the University of Glasgow also presents unique training opportunities in developing country food security and conservation.

World Class Underpinning Bioscience
This theme seeks to promote strength in core, underpinning disciplines such as molecular, chemical, cellular and synthetic biology, parasite biology and infection and immunity. Our aim is to develop researchers trained in both the rigorous methodologies of laboratory science and also the application of cutting edge mathematical and computational methods to help solve fundamental questions in the biosciences. We offer training in metabolomics; transcriptomics; proteomics; cell signalling networks; synthetic biology; novel gene in vivo transfer techniques; and cellular processes. We also offer training in whole animal and human imaging as well as in whole animal research techniques.

Funded PhDs for 'Home' Applicants

Up to 10 studentship positions will be awarded in 2021. These studentship awards will provide full tuition fee and stipend funding for high quality 'Home' applicants only.

Information on 'How to Apply' is available here.

Programme Structure

Students will follow a funded 3.5-year PhD model. In their first six months, students will undertake two 3-month lab rotations, each designed to provide key skills and lab experience before finally choosing their PhD project for the remaining three years. Submission is mandatory within 4-years. They will participate in our outstanding skills training programme throughout their studies.

Programme Team

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