his 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 University of Dundee.

General Information

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.

We are the top-rated University in the UK for the quality of research in Biological Sciences, according to the most recent national research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

To support our staff and students so that they can work to the best of their ability we:

  • Provide outstanding laboratory and technology facilities
  • Actively encourage interdisciplinary and translational research
  • Are committed to instilling the highest standards of professional integrity
  • Support equality, diversity and inclusivity initiatives
  • Offer excellent career development opportunities

Expertise in the School 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 School is supported by a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, including advanced mass-spectrometry, 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, 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 also house the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy, founded in 1998, which is the world’s longest running collaboration between academic research laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry.


Fast facts

  • No. 1 in the World in influencing pharmaceuticals (Clarivate Analytics 2017)
  • The only UK university ranked in the world top 50 of the 2017 Nature Innovation Index

Life in 

The University of Dundee is located on a compact city campus in the heart of Dundee, only a five-minute stroll from the city's best shops, bars, arts and leisure venues, yet it remains quiet and relaxed and provides for all aspects of student life. With 17,000 students from over 80 different countries, the University is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community.

The world's largest annual survey of international students, the International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018 showed overall average satisfaction of 89.6% among Dundee students, the highest score of any participating Scottish universities, 2nd in the UK and 6th globally. Factors relating to Living, Support and Arrival were also identified as being particular strengths of the experience Dundee offers its international students.

The University has over 190 student societies and a wide range of sport facilities. This has led to Dundee having the highest score globally for ‘University Clubs and Societies’ in the ISB. Our Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) located at the heart of our campus is ranked 2nd in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK (National Student Survey, 2017).

All our award-winning accommodation is self-catering, single bedrooms with en-suite shower and toilet. Almost 1600 beds located over 4 sites sharing kitchen and dining space within cluster flats (our accommodation is number 1 in the UK, Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017).

The city of Dundee is currently half way through its £1 billion, 30-year masterplan to design and create an 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, which opened in 2018. These changes to the city have been noted on the world stage with the Wall Street Journal ranking Dundee alongside Shanghai, Madagascar and the Faroe Islands as one of its ten "hot destinations".

Dundee is known as the sunniest city in Scotland with temperatures reaching the mid-20°C in summer. It has a mild, pleasant climate with occasional snow in winter.

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 or simply experience the changing seasons in wide-open spaces.

For further information

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University of Dundee

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