Seeking Industrial Partner for Medical Research in Scotland for PhD Studentship 2023-24

Seeking Industrial Partner for Medical Research in Scotland for PhD Studentship 2023-24
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Collaboration Opportunity: Pioneering Medical Research Venture in Scotland Seeks Industrial Partner. Closing date 12 noon, Thursday 28 September 2023.


Medical Research Scotland’s 2023 call for doctoral training funding applications to University PhD supervisors across Scotland is open. Click “START YOUR APPLICATION”, above, to access the online Applicaiton Management System (AMS) to submit your application.

The charity hopes to fund up to 25 four-year PhD studentships each year, featuring collaborations between Universities and External Partner Organisations. Studentships will start in October of the year following submission of applications and provide students with inspiring research and training experiences.

Funded students receive a generous four-year stipend, up to £35,000 research expenses, £3,000 travel allowance and university fees (home rate) paid.

Applications should:

  • Focus on a defined research project exploring any aspect of human health or disease from the cause, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness to the development of medical or surgical technology.
  • Provide an academically stimulating PhD project as well as work based experience.
  • The student must undertake the PhD training programme offered by the University or Research institution, alongside training experiences delivered by an External Partner Organisation.

Applicants can access and monitor their applications by logging in to the Application Management System.

The applications team is available at to answer any questions you may have.

Full guidance notes and additional information can be found here.


We are aware that the Covid-19 pandemic caused restrictions to research. We wish to give reassurance that, in the event of Covid-19 demonstrably effecting PhD completion, we will be open to discussion as to how best to manage the situation, including no-cost extensions to research expenses and the possibility of stipend and fees extensions. Our policy on extensions can be found here. We advise all our researchers to follow the advice given by their Universities and the Government.

Discover more about the opportunity:

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Discover more about Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Scotland:

RGU offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across various disciplines, including business, engineering, computing, health sciences, social sciences, art and design, law, and more. The university is known for its industry-focused approach to education, aiming to provide students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to excel in their chosen fields.

The university has a strong emphasis on professional development and employability, forging strong links with industry partners to ensure that its graduates are well-prepared for the job market. RGU’s close collaboration with businesses and organizations also provides opportunities for research and innovation projects, allowing students and faculty to contribute to real-world solutions and make a positive impact.

As a research university, our primary goals revolve around fostering growth and expanding our biomedical research base. To achieve this, we are actively seeking industrial partners to collaborate on groundbreaking biomedical signal processing research. We believe that partnering with industry experts will enhance our research capabilities and lead to impactful outcomes.


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