Stipend: £14,553 per annum (2017/18 rate)
Start date: 1 October 2018
Fully funded: 3.5 years

Up to 10 PhD positions are available for 2018 entry in the dynamic Doctoral Training Programme within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. Our aim is to deliver high quality, collaborative research and training for our PhD students within the Biosciences. This unique partnership includes collaborative projects with the University of Strathclyde and the Pirbright Institute. [Example projects can be viewed via the links below - under Partnership Projects section].

Students will follow a 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. They will participate in our outstanding skills training programme throughout their studies. More information regarding the programme can be obtained here

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. Projects in this area include joint studentships with the University of Strathclyde.

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. Our broad base of expertise in this area is strengthened by our collaborations with the The Pirbright Institute; many of the projects in this area are jointly run between these institutions.

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. Projects in this area include joint studentships with the University of Strathclyde.

Partnership Projects

Partnership Projects

The following institutions make up this unique partnership, offering multi-disciplinary and collaborative projects covering all the research themes. Click on the links to view project information for specific institutions:

MVLS DTP - University of Glasgow – College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (CMVLS)

MVLS DTP - University of Strathclyde – Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)

MVLS DTP - The Pirbright Institute

Applicant Instructions

Applicant Instructions


More information about the programme can be viewed here.


Qualifications criteria
Applicants applying for a MVLS 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 MVLS grant provides funding for tuition fees and stipend for UK and EU nationals that meet all the required eligibility criteria.


You can apply here. Within the application, at the programme of study search field option, please select ‘MVLS – DTP Studentship’. [PLEASE ENSURE THAT THIS PROGRAMME STUDY OPTION IS SELECTED, IF NOT YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE DIRECTED TO THE CORRECT PROGRAMME AREA]

Please note that, in step 6 within the online application process, you are asked to detail supervisor/project title information. You cannot detail this information because you are applying to the programme and not for specific projects at this stage. Within the research area text box area, please highlight your area of interest and host institute information from the following. Multiple options may be selected, but please rank in order of preference.

  1. Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health (highlight which of the institutes your example project area falls under: University of Glasgow or University of Strathclyde)
  2. Food Security (highlight which of the institutes your example project area falls under: University of Glasgow or University of Strathclyde or the Pirbright Institute)
  3. World Class Underpinning Bioscience (highlight which of the institutes your example project area falls under: University of Glasgow or University of Strathclyde)

Please ensure that all supporting documents are uploaded at point of application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Degree certificate (if you have graduated prior to 1 July 2018)
  • Language test (if relevant)
  • Passport
  • Personal statement (this should provide any other required information in support of the application, such as evidence of previous academic or professional experience that qualifies you for the programme (projects; placements; voluntary work etc). You should state the reasons why you selected this programme and what benefit you hope to achieve through successful completion of the programme. The statement should include information about lab techniques you have used and research projects in which you have been involved. The statement should not be longer than one A4 page)
  • Reference 1 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability from your most recent study/programme)
  • Reference 2 (should be from an academic who has a knowledge of your academic ability)
  • Transcript

General enquiries regarding the programme and application procedure should be directed to Alexis Merry: [].