Frequently Asked Questions

About studentships at the Beatson.

When can I apply for a studentship?

The approximate timeline for the application/interview process each year is as follows: 

October: Applications welcomed. Studentships will usually be advertised on this website and To apply, students will redirected to our recruitment website. We do not accept email applications, paper applications, CVs, university transcripts or letters of reference. We will contact your referees separately via email so please advise them to expect our reference request.

December/January: Application deadline.

January/February: Interviews held. We will acknowledge receipt of your application but will only contact you again if you are shortlisted for interview. Students will be selected for interview based on their academic qualifications, research/lab experience and letters of reference.

At interview, candidates will be asked to give a brief 10-minute talk about a research project they have been involved with. This will be followed by meetings with selected group leaders as well as lunch with some of our current students and post-docs. Only reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Institute.

What qualifications will I need to apply?

You will need at least an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours Degree or equivalent in a life sciences subject. If you haven’t finished your degree yet, remember to tell us what you expect your final result to be. You will also be expected to have some research/lab experience.

How much is the student stipend?

Students starting in October 2023 will receive £21,000 per year for their living expenses. We will also pay their fees to the University of Glasgow (home or overseas).

Will I need an English Language qualification?

Yes, if you are offered a place and your native language is not English and your first or subsequent degrees were not taught in English, you will need an English Language qualification to register with the University of Glasgow. Most students take a TOEFL or IELTS test. For more details go the University of Glasgow website.

What's it like living in Glasgow?

For more information go to our Recruitment pages.


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