College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

Dundee Cancer Centre PhD Studentship in The College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

Ninewells CampusA 4 year PhD programme will run in the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing supporting students undertaking projects in cancer biology and translational cancer research. Projects will be available in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing with a variety of eligible supervisors. A call for applications and available projects are normally advertised in towards the end of the year.

Cancer is one of the main themes of research in the College. Biological, translational and clinical cancer research in the School of Medicine has recently been focussed by the creation of the Division of Cancer Research that is housed in a new research building on the Ninewells campus. The main themes of the Division are responses to cellular stress and anti-cancer drugs, regulation of the cell cycle and cell death, drug metabolism, and immunology. The Division aims to understand the biological, environmental and behavioural mechanisms underlying cancer and to translate this research into the clinic to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Major clinical research themes in the School of Medicine are skin cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer. Other research strengths in the College include gynaecological cancer, oral cancer, haematology, population genetics, and research into palliative care.

In addition to their research project, students will participate in a practical training course beginning in September. Other specialised workshops and courses will also be available, for example in scientific writing, presentation skills, through the centralised Generic Skills.


The PhD programme will provide support for students choosing from a selection of collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects undertaken by any of the potential supervisors in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. Funding is available for UK/EU citizens only. The studentship is open to UK and other EU graduates with a 1st or 2.1 degree (or equivalent).