University of Dundee (College of Life Sciences)


This Scholarship is for Graduate Study at Doctoral level at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee and will be for three years. If awarded a Dundee Marshall Scholarship, candidates would be expected to study for a graduate research degree in any subject offered at College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

The following information has been provided by the University of Dundee:

Life Sciences Research at the University of Dundee has an outstanding international reputation and is one of the largest and most productive research institutes in Europe. It is home to a community of over 900 scientists and support staff from more than 60 countries that include world-leading experts dedicated to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge and improving the lives of others.

The University of Dundee obtained the highest overall rating for all UK Universities in Biology in the December 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ahead of Cambridge University and Imperial College London. According to independent analysis of citations per paper, which is frequently used as a reliable indicator of research quality, output and impact, Life Science research in Dundee consistently ranks amongst the top 10 Universities in the world.

We pride ourselves on:

(i)              The excellence of our fundamental research,

(ii)             Our provision of an enriching and stimulating environment with state-of-the-art facilities

(iii)            Our effective cross-disciplinary approaches to biological-related questions and

(iv)           Our strong interactions with industry.

These components, in concert with our dedication to nurturing the future scientific generation, ideally place us to deliver excellent postgraduate training.

Expertise in the College encompasses a wide range of important topics in the biomedical, biological and chemical sciences. These include molecular structure and drug design, genetic and cellular control mechanisms, signaling pathways in the immune system, developmental biology, plant sciences, microbiology and anti-microbial resistance. The research in the College is supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced proteomics, high-resolution microscopy and flow cytometry.

Our innovative and integrated Drug Discovery Unit is actively developing drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases including malaria and African sleeping sickness and translating drug targets in oncology, eczema, type-2 diabetes, anti-bacterials and anti-virals. Our Microbiology and Plant Sciences research groups are involved in major environmental issues and the development of new bio-fuels and bio-energy generation.

We currently have collaborations with the majority of the world's top Pharmaceutical companies, which has been recognized by a highly prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize. These collaborations will help in the development of drugs to treat global diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

The University of Dundee has around 18,000 students and more than 3,000 staff and 5,300 postgraduate students and sits in the heart of the historic city of Dundee on the banks of the River Tay in north-east Scotland. Dundee combines a high quality of life with a low cost of living. We have been rated No.1 in Scotland by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for six consecutive years since 2010. Dundee recently became the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, a prestigious global award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design and innovation worldwide.  This innovation continues through Dundee’s £1 billion, 30-year masterplan to design and create a open, inclusive city of the future. At the heart of this plan is the creation of V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, an impressive new centre of 21st century design for Scotland and the world, due to open in 2018.

From mountains and lochs in the west to miles of coastline in the east, the city is surrounded by magnificent Scottish scenery providing ample opportunities to play golf, walk, cycle, fish or simply experience the changing seasons in wide-open spaces.

The University of Dundee is a truly international environment and extends a warm and friendly welcome to research students from all corners of the globe. For further information on the University please click here.

For further general information about the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee please go to: and information about our Postgraduate Programmes can be found at