Advanced Care Research Centre

Wellcome PhD Programme in Multimorbidity open for Applications

The Wellcome PhD Programme in Multimorbidity for health professionals is now open for applications for an August 2023 start.

The programme is open to doctors, NMAHPs, pharmacists, dentists, and clinical psychologists. The funding is generous (salary commensurate with NHS salary, full research costs and travel/training budget).

The Clinical PhD Research Fellowships are fixed term 3 year appointments offering training, mentoring and support to health professionals undertaking a PhD on the topic of multimorbidity. 

The posts will be based in the University of Glasgow (up to 3 Fellowships), University of Dundee (up to 2 Fellowships), University of Edinburgh (1 Fellowship), and University of St Andrews (up to 2 Fellowships). Our aim is to develop the next generation of leaders in multimorbidity research through identifying and developing highly skilled clinical practitioners into researchers who understand and use multidisciplinary research to answer important clinical questions.

The start of the fellowship is 1st August 2023. A 6-month preparatory period should begin at the start of February, when Fellows are expected to be released from their current clinical duties for an equivalent to one day a week (20% protected academic time), to work with their supervisors to define the PhD project. Arrangements on the preparatory period may be discussed individually with recruited fellows.

The core degree is a cohortbased 3year PhD.

We include health care professionals from the following professions:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health Professions (e.g., Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry)
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Clinical Psychology

Medical applicants are welcome from ALL medical and surgical specialties (including General Practice). They must be doctors in training (holding a National Training Number) or be General Practitioners who have completed their training (post-CCT) and are within the first 4 years post-CCT (full-time equivalent i.e. accounting for part-time working). Dentists either in a training programme or within 4 years of completing their training programme are eligible to apply. Doctors and dentists who are still in training will need to gain permission for time out of training from their Postgraduate Dean. Clinical work during the PhD will be limited to one day per week.

Applicants from NMAHPS and other clinical disciplines must have completed all of their professional training and have a minimum of 2 years clinical training or clinical experience.

For all applicants, we will be looking for candidates with evidence of research or other relevant activity (for example, working in policy or management) before application.  Research activity may include work undertaken as an undergraduate; holding an intercalated BSc; by completion of a relevant Master's degree or other post-graduate qualification in an area of clinical relevance; or by participating in research including writing papers.

All applicants must be registered with their appropriate discipline specific professional body within the UK (e.g. General Medical Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council Nursing & Midwifery Council) and be licensed to practice in the UK.

During the term of the post, the successful candidate is expected to undertake a PhD.

IMPORTANT – Candidates must select two projects in order of preference and must contact the project supervisory team prior to submitting a formal application. Details on the projects and supervisory teams are in the programme website (

For medical applicants, salary will be on the CAT-I Clinical Lectureships/PhD Fellowships (Medical, Surgical & General Practice) ACN2 scale for pre-CCT trainees (£37,057 - £54,879), and GP salaries dependent upon career stage.

For NMAHPS and other clinical disciplines, a clinical salary, which will be negotiated after appointment in line with the ‘UK clinical academic training in medicine and dentistry: principles and obligations' document for staff on a pay scale other than clinical salary will be commensurate with your existing NHS salary.

The expected maximum salary offered for NMAHPS and professionals from other clinical disciplines is Band 7, Point 34 of the Agenda for Change (£44,503).

Please note that the salary bands above are provided as a reference, and individual salaries will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Informal enquiries about this role may be directed to

For further information and to apply online:

Closing date: 19 September 2022