Prospective Students

Each of you will be registered in a host school/institute within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. You will be following the MVLS Graduate School training and assessment programme. Through the DTP you will access additional enhanced training opportunities. These include: interactive discussion groups; generic skills and personal development training; high level research skills training in areas such as systems biology and ‘omics; an annual ‘DTP Event’ where you will be able to share your research and develop its impact on the world around us.

A wide and diverse range of example projects are available:

University of Glasgow example projects

NOTE: Students apply to the programme, and not to specific projects – the projects detailed via the links above are example projects only. Details on how to apply are available here.


A major component of the first year for DTP students is a series of two mini-projects in different laboratories, selected to give experience of different experimental approaches and working environments across a range of disciplines. Each mini-project will last for 12 weeks, at the end of which students must prepare a written report for formal assessment and feedback.

The aims of the Mini-Project rotations are:

  • to gain experience a cross section of research in different laboratories;
  • to give training in a variety of technical approaches; and
  • to develop skills in leadership, data presentation, etc.

Students will choose the project they wish to pursue for their PhD towards the end of their first year, following detailed discussion with prospective supervisors. The mini-projects will be offered in all four of the research areas and conducted in the labs of potential PhD supervisors and students are free to pick two in any field. Whilst most students will then chose a PhD in one of these laboratories, this is not compulsory. 

Funding information

DTP studentships will cover a stipend at the current Research Council rate (fully funded for 3.5 years), tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, research/consumable budget in accordance with the eligibility criteria.  


Qualifications criteria
Applicants applying for a DTP studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a first or upper second class UK honours degree or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

Residence criteria
The DTP grant provides funding for tuition fees and stipend for UK and EU nationals that meet all the required eligibility criteria.

How to apply – details are available within this section.