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.

How to Apply

This programme is delivered jointly by the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh. Please note that applications are taken through the University of Edinburgh.

Find out how to apply

Programme Team and Students

University of Glasgow
MVLS Dean of Postgraduate Research
Prof Stuart Nicklin
E: Stuart.Nicklin@glasgow.ac.uk 

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

University of Edinburgh
Dr Susan Farrington

University of Edinburgh
Ms Susan Mitchell 
Mrs Kate Hardman (currently on maternity leave) 
Ms Maree Hardie (maternity cover) 
E: precision.medicine@ed.ac.uk

Precision Medicine DTP Student Profiles
Check out the diverse range of student projects and profiles here:
Students | The University of Edinburgh


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
The duration of your programme, also known as your 'prescribed period of study' will be 4 years. Guidance from the MRC (the funding body for this programme) indicates that target submission for the majority of students is within 4 years and 6 months of programme start date (4 years with 6 months "writing up 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 180 credits.

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.

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.