*The closing date for applications for 2021/22 has now passed.  Please enquire again in Spring/Summer 2022 for the 2022/23 programme

MSc by Research in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine

We are offering funded opportunities for up to 10 students to join our research community and gain an MSc by Research in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine.  This is part of a flagship collaborative Masters Training Programme (MTP) between the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee.

Based either in Aberdeen or Dundee, but with cross-institutional training opportunities, students will be embedded in vibrant multidisciplinary research teams with a mix of cardiovascular/diabetes clinicians and scientists. Excellent research training opportunities are provided, including MTP specific training events, and more general training and educational activities in the universities, highlighted for example by the newly established Doctoral Academy in Dundee.

Projects are multidisciplinary cardiovascular/diabetes research projects covering many aspects of endocrinology, physiology, metabolism, nutrition, signalling and drug treatments in model systems to humans and all involve joint supervision between Aberdeen and Dundee supervisors. This MTP offers a unique (post-Covid lockdown) research training opportunity. Projects are listed below.

North East Scotland Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Alliance

The North-East Scotland (NES) Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Alliance Master Training Programme (MTP) in cardiovascular and diabetes medicine is an exciting new MTP that will expand interdisciplinary cardiovascular and diabetes research between University of Aberdeen and University of Dundee. 

Projects

Projects are multidisciplinary cardiovascular/diabetes research projects and all involve joint supervision between Aberdeen and Dundee supervisors. The MTP Projects are listed below.

Investigating the regulation of insulin secretion via an orphan G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) mediated mechanism

Identification of a new brain to heart circuit controlling cardiac function

Regulation of GLP1R for the treatment of type 2 diabetes

Role of hyaluronan receptor, RHAMM in metabolic regulation in obesity

Redox regulation of lipid metabolism genes in new liver-heart axis.

Double power – anti-diabetic drugs with anti-thrombotic action

Validation of human liver organoids for diabetes research

Is exercise of measurable benefit for the cardiac health of people at elevated risk in the community?

Defining the functions of a novel regulator of insulin secretion: Understanding the development of diabetes and uncovering new therapeutic targets

Activation of pro-resolution signalling via formyl peptide receptor 2 as a treatment for obesogenic pathologies

Time to get serious about immune responses and fungal infection in people with diabetes.

Studentship funding

These non-clinical studentships are funded for 1 year.

 

Funding includes:

  • tuition fees (UK rate only)*
  • stipend - 2021-22 - £15,609
  • research consumables

*International candidates can apply for this studentship but will have to find additional funding to cover the difference between overseas and home fee.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Must possess or be expected to possess by the time of starting the MSc, at least one of the following:

  • First class, or second-class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent
  • Postgraduate Masters degree in a relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent

English language requirements

  •  IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5  (Reading 5.5, Listening 5.5, Speaking 5.5 Writing 6.0)
How to apply

*The closing date for applications for 2021/22 has now passed.  Please enquire again in Spring/Summer 2022 for the 2022/23 programme

Applications should be directed to the University of Aberdeen or University of Dundee depending on first preference but can list up to three projects in the NES MTP that they are interested in at either site in order of preference.  Applications will be assessed all together by the NES MTP.

 

Apply to Aberdeen     Apply to Dundee

Candidates should provide a 500-word statement supporting their application which should include detail of:

  • Their personal motivation to undertake a multidisciplinary MSc in cardiovascular and diabetes medicine.
  • Why this MTP in general is of interest to them.
  • Why their selected projects in particular are of interest to them.

Applications for Aberdeen should be sent to smmsn-pgrenquiries@abdn.ac.uk and for Dundee to Medicine-PGR@dundee.ac.uk

 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors of the projects of interest listed in their application.

 

A curriculum vitae detailing candidates’ educational qualifications and other relevant information including the details of 2 academic referees should be submitted together with the application form.

 

Candidates will be selected for interview which are expected to take place remotely at the end of September 2021.  The start date for successful candidates will be February 2022.

 

Allocation to projects will be on the basis of application and interview ranking, with a matching process in which the highest ranked students are offered their first-choice project, and so on.

Enquiries

If you have further questions, please email smmsn-pgrenquiries@abdn.ac.uk (Aberdeen) or Medicine-PGR@dundee.ac.uk (Dundee) and a member of the team will help with your enquiry.